Lupin—a New Superfood?
Have you heard of lupin? If you’re growing tired of beans and lentils, it could be the perfect addition to your diet. Lupin beans are legumes, small and usually yellow in color. They can be served by themselves as a delicious snack or added to traditional recipes instead of other pulses. Either way, they’re a healthy treat all around. Let’s take a look at some of lupin’s benefits.
The lupin bean is most famous for being the healthy snack featured in Eid celebrations, alongside date cookies, nuts, and lots of tea. Traditionally served with a squeeze of lemon and some salt, lupin’s distinctive taste also works well with other flavors.
In celebration of the upcoming Eid Al Adha, we explore the many benefits of lupin, what to be careful of, and give you a tasty recipe so you can try these amazing beans at home.
Lose Weight with Lupin
Lupin is low in calories and low in fat, which makes it a great food to eat if you’re trying to lose weight. What’s more, the high fiber content will keep you satisfied until your next meal, helping you to resist the temptation of unhealthy snacks.
Packed with Nutrients
Lupin beans are a great source of several essential nutrients:
- Protein – one of the essential nutrients for your body. Choosing vegetarian sources of protein over animal products is better for your health. Studies have shown plant proteins can protect against chronic degenerative diseases like cardiovascular disease and cancer.
- Fiber – helps with digestion and has been found to protect against colon cancer.
- Starch – starchy foods are perfect for giving you energy.
Balances Blood Sugar
These healthy beans contain large amounts of the essential amino acid Arginine. A study published in the journal Endocrinology finds Arginine can increase the concentrations of a hormone that controls the release of insulin and balances blood sugar levels.
Keeps Your Cholesterol in Check
Thanks to its high Arginine content, as well as healthy fiber and protein, lupin can help to reduce your cholesterol levels. This is especially true if you add lupin beans to a healthy diet that contains plenty of fruits and vegetables.
As if that wasn’t enough, lupin beans are also packed with antioxidants. These nutrients help fight oxidative damage to your cells, decreasing your chances of developing neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, and various cancers.
However, even healthy foods can have their drawbacks, and lupin is no different. Despite its long list of benefits, lupin beans are not well tolerated by everyone. And this is not surprising when you learn that lupin belongs to the same plant family as peanuts, which are notorious for causing allergic reactions in sensitive people. If you’re allergic to peanuts, or legumes, you may be at greater risk of having an allergic reaction to lupin.
The growth of the gluten-free industry has sent food manufacturers searching for alternatives, and many have turned to lupin flour as an alternative to wheat. This ingredient is also increasingly being used in processed foods. Make sure you read the labels carefully and avoid products that contain lupin if you think you may be intolerant.
But if you’re not allergic, lupin beans make a wonderfully nutritious addition to your diet. And if you don’t like the taste of lupin with just salt and lemon, why not try this tasty curry recipe?