Ginisang monggo is a classic Pinoy recipe every mom can make. It's easy to prepare and it requires only a few ingredients. But don't let its simplicity fool you, mom. A hot bowl of ginisang monggo actually has several health benefits.
If you had it when you were pregnant, you've probably been told it's rich in folic acid, which helps promote the development of your baby's nervous system. Folic acid also helps maintain healthy cell growth, lowering the risk of disabilities at birth.
Besides being very effective when it comes to increasing milk supply, here are a few more benefits of eating ginisang monggo:
It gets rid of free radicals
Free radicals are harmful by-products of oxygen metabolism in the body. To prevent it from doing any damage, your body creates antioxidants to neutralize it. If you do not have enough antioxidants in your body, free radicals can cause cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
Ginisang monggo is a great source of antioxidants. It's rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, and B6.
PRO TIP: Put extra garlic and onion when you sauté your monggo. It doesn't just make it taste better, the extra aromatics will also add flavonoids and selenium—great for cancer prevention.
It boosts your immune system
The typical ginisang monggo recipe good for 3-5 people can have at least five tomatoes—these are a great source of Vitamin C, E, and K. Tomatoes also have zero cholesterol, which makes it a great addition to your monggo recipe.
It helps prevent diabetes
You can add just about anything to your ginisang monggo. Choose ingredients like malunggay and ampalaya—these are low in glycemic index, which can help prevent diseases like diabetes.
DID YOU KNOW? It makes your bones stronger too! Monggo is rich in calcium and phosphorus, which are clinically proven vital for maintaining bone health.
It helps with post-menopausal issues
Monggo contains isoflovones, a compound which has similar functions to the female hormone estrogen. Isoflovones is proven in studies to reduce post-menopausal symptoms in elderly women such as hot flashes, insomnia, and depression.
It's a homemade remedy for anemia and hypertension
Ginisang monggo is rich in fiber, which is essential when it comes to red blood cell formation. Recent studies also show monggo has a high concentration of protein fragments, which has anti-hypertensive effects.
You probably thought ginisangmonggo was just a great side dish when you're having fried or grilled dishes for lunch. Now you know there's actually more to this classic Pinoy dish than meets the eye!
If you want to make your ginisang monggo taste even better, you can add Knorr Pork Cubes. It's a great way to bring out the flavor of your dish and to enhance the taste of all the ingredients you use. Check out some of the recipes here!