Mung Beans Are Good for Your Health

By Vicky Chan of NourishU

Mung Beans

Mung beans are grown in many countries in the southern hemisphere, therefore are common in many cuisines for making both savoury and sweet dishes.

In Chinese medicine, mung beans are cool in nature and sweet in taste. They act on the heart and stomach and have many healing properties. Mung beans can clear heat, promote urination, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, treat pesticide poisoning and lead poisoning, treat burns, alcoholism and food poisoning.

In Chinese cuisine, whole mung beans are used to make dessert, which is served either warm or chilled. Shelled mung beans and mung bean paste are made into ice cream or frozen ice pops (great ways to entice children to eat them). Mung bean paste is used as a common filling for Chinese mooncakes in East China and Taiwan. Also in China, the boiled and shelled beans are used as filling in glutinous rice dumplings eaten during the dragon boat festival. The beans may also cooked until soft, blended into a liquid, sweetened, and served as a beverage, popular in many parts of China.

Mung beans are especially good for summer because they clear internal heat and toxins for people who eat too much BBQ food and heat causing snacks such as chips. The symptoms for excess heat are skin problems, indigestion, bad breath, constipation and sore throat. With many people nowadays having high blood pressure and cholesterol, mung beans can certainly help them without having to rely on drugs. The added bonus is that they are very inexpensive and easy to cook. Mung beans are good for your health.

The following recipe is a common one and is excellent for detoxification. It is good for the whole family and all ages. Please explore our website for many more recipes using mung beans to treat various health problems.

Mung Bean and Kelp Dessert

Mung Bean and Kelp Desert : Chinese Medicine Living


  • Lowers Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
  • Detoxifies and Prevent Stoke
  • Treats pesticide and Lead Poisoning
  • Clear Heat
  • Promote Urination
  • Treat Burns, Alcoholism and Food Poisoning


  • Mung beans 綠豆 – one cup
  • Mandarin Orange /  citrus Peel (chen-pi) 陳皮 – one piece (pre-soaked and with white tissue removed)
  • Dried kelp – 15gm
  • Brown sugar – to taste


  1. Soak beans and kelp for about 10 minutes. Cut kelp into thin strips.
  2. Rinse and put together with orange peel in a pot with about 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil and lower heat to medium boil for about 30 minutes. Leave pot only half covered to prevent boiling over. Add more water if necessary to beans becoming mushy and soft.
  3. Add sugar to taste. Serve warm or cold.

Mung Bean and Kelp Desert : Chinese Medicine Living



Pregnant women or people with a cold constitution should eat mung beans sparingly.