Potato chips, jelly beans, chocolates… Today we are surrounded by sweets and several trinkets that tempt us almost every moment with just leaving home. They are products full of sugars and trans fats, together with flavor enhancers such as monosodium glutamate, which do not contribute anything good to our diet. The only “good” they give us are the few seconds of pleasure while we eat them, which are already responsible for adding things to have a very rich flavor and are very addictive, but those seconds are overshadowed when we realize the amount of empty calories and harmful additives that we have just ingested. Before that did not happen, since there was a time when when they wanted a “whim”, far from consuming unhealthy products, they ate olives, gherkins, pipes, corn, pumpkin seeds, Lupins… Foods full of nutrients and benefits. Today we are going to focus onproperties of lupins.
PROPERTIES OF LUPINS
Lupine is a legume, like chickpeas, lentils or peanuts. It has a round and flattened shape, yellow in color and a somewhat bitter taste. It is a product that is consumed as a treat or even as an aperitif, in the areas surrounding the Mediterranean Sea for centuries and is now widely consumed as a substitute for soy, its consumption is highly recommended for people who do not consume meat in your diet, since like soy has a great content in vegetable protein as good legume that is.
In addition to having a large amount of proteins, these are of high quality, being its content in albumin much higher than that contained in the egg, which is a food considered as a protein pattern albumins, without having the side effects of animal protein as they are: accumulation of gases, heavy digestions and accumulation of hormones or animal toxins. Its high quality proteins help to balance the amino acids and the benefits associated with their consumption is that they help in a very effective way to regulate cholesterol, which favors cardiovascular health.
Another property of lupins is that it has a very low glycemic index and has great satiating power, so taken before meals will help us reduce rations and between meals prevents us from picking up foods that do not suit us.
Its fiber content is very high, which makes it a very effective ally against constipation. It is also a powerful antioxidant, are advisable to combat and reduce uric acid, stimulates cell regeneration and reduces the amounts of sugar in the blood.
Among the properties of lupins stand out their contribution in iron, calcium, zink, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin E and vitamins of group B.
HOW TO BENEFIT FROM THE PROPERTIES OF LUPINS ?
The most common way in which we can find lupins in the super market is already prepared in brine, so we can consume them directly as an aperitif or as a snack, and they can stand for several days in the fridge. But you can also buy them raw and cook them like any other vegetable and prepare them with soups, stews or salads.