Moth beans, also known as Vigna aconitifolia is widely cultivated in India and some parts of Australia, Pakistan, United States and Thailand. It is nutritious, healthy and one of the drought-resistant crops.

In this article, we will discuss some of the health benefits of consuming moth beans.

1. Rich in nutrients - Moth beans are rich in many nutrients like proteins, folate, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, sodium and vitamin -B1, B3, B5, C. It is one of the nutritious pulses, the sprouted form results in enhanced bioavailability of the nutrients present.

2. Good for bone health - Moth beans contain minerals like calcium and phosphorus which makes them good for our bone health as they contribute to strengthening the mineralization of bones and bone density. Strong bones result in a reduced risk of osteoporosis in later stages.

3. Boosts immune health - Moth beans are rich in zinc, which is a powerful antioxidant. It supports our immune health in fighting disease-causing bacteria, viruses, fungi and other foreign bodies. In addition, zinc also aids in minimising stress levels.

4. Good source of plant protein - Moth beans are one of the best sources of plant proteins. It provides amino acids required to build new muscles, repair damaged muscles, synthesise immunoglobulin, enzymes and antibodies.

5. Supports gut health - High dietary fibre content of moth beans makes them good for our digestive system. These beans provide fibre which strengthens our gut, regularises bowel movement, alleviates constipation, keeps blood glucose and lipid profile in check.

6. Promotes weight loss - Its high dietary fibre and protein content makes moth beans good for people aiming to lose some extra kilos as well. Moth beans keep us satiated for long, provides fullness, prevent food cravings and boost metabolic rate.

Hence, there are numerous reasons for which moth beans should be included in the diet. They can be consumed in both cooked and sprouted form mixed in salads. Moth beans are perfect to add the health quotient to some dishes like dalia, multigrain chapati, idli, dosa and upma. In case of allergy, one should take advice from a medical practitioner before consuming.

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