mung-2Yellow mung beans are the same as mature mung beans, and are similar in size, shape and texture to lentils and split peas. Yellow colored, mung dal beans are split in half and peeled, so that they have a flat and rounded side, and are quick cooking. Mung dhal, like other legumes, are a source of non-animal protein, as well as a rich source of dietary fiber and other nutrients.

A 1-cup serving of cooked mung dal has 147 calories per serving. With only 0.77 grams of total fat, mung dal beans are a good source of low-fat protein, with a little more than 14 grams per serving. While the majority of adults in the United States eat enough protein, a variety of protein sources — including more non-animal sources — is highly recommended.

Mung dal is particularly high in dietary fiber, providing almost 15.5 grams of fiber per 1-cup serving. This provides between 40.5 and 71 percent of the dietary reference intake for fiber per day for adult men and women. Dietary fiber can help reduce blood cholesterol levels as well as prevent dietary complications, such as constipation and diverticulosis. A diet high in dietary fiber will also reduce the risk of overeating, as you feel fuller with less food.

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