Green is the colour of balance and growth, and when it comes to food, green foods are bursting with nutrition. As the name suggests, green gram is classified as a green food. It is almost magical that such a tiny, unassuming seed is loaded with the healthy benefits outlined below.

Lowers cholesterol: Green grams aid in lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) through the production of LDL receptors that are responsible for removing excess LDL cholesterol from the blood stream.

Lowers blood pressure: Since green grams are rich in potassium, it counteracts the effects of sodium hence lowering one’s blood pressure. High sodium levels in one’s bloodstream wreak the body’s delicate balance thereby reducing the ability of the kidneys to remove water resulting in high blood pressure.

Weight control: Having trouble keeping your weight in check because you always feel hungry? Then green grams could be your saving grace. Green grams are rich in fibre, which fills you up and keeps you feeling satisfied. It is also low in calories.

Promotes heart health: Green grams are an excellent source of magnesium, which aids in relaxing the arteries and the veins. This improves the flow of blood, nutrients and oxygen in the body.

The seed is a superb food choice for vegetarians as it is a good source of protein and iron. It is also diabetes friendly since it is a low glycemic index food, meaning it promotes healthy blood sugar levels.

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