Saturday, 23 November 2013

For the love of carbs: Mung Bean Noodles (Glass Noodles)

To carb or not to carb, that is the question.

Mung beans are also known as cellophane noodles or glass noodles (冬粉). The gluten-free pasta earned these odd names because it turns from white to clear when boiled. And even after boiling and baking them in pasta sauce, the noodles retain a common chewy noodle texture.

Mung beans don't have much natural flavor, so they absorb the flavor of other ingredients. Downside to the noodles is that they aren't friendly on the figure.

One cup of dehydrated mung bean noodles contains 491 calories and 121 grams of carbohydrates. The beans don't offer any protein and very little fiber to your diet. However they contain iron, phosphorus and selenium. To boost the nutrition factor, pair the noodles with vitamin-packed veggies, lean proteins and low fat dairy products.

Although the noodles are a splurge, it's nice to have a gluten-free option that withstands boiling, baking and tossing with other ingredients without falling apart (like some gluten-free carbs).

Do you use mung bean noodles? What are you favorite recipes? Please share in the comments section below.

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