More and more, it's becoming common knowledge that there are many plant-based sources of protein. Beans are likely top of the list, and they are indeed a good alternative to protein from animal sources as these can cause long-term harm to the body while at the same time speeding up the aging process. Today we would like to present a novel source of protein from plants…one that you should really learn more about!
Beautiful and healthy
When they're in full bloom, it truly is a sight to behold. Their flowers are a blue that can only be described as extremely intense, and in fact the colour is the source of the name: sweet blue lupins. These plants are beautiful to look at, and surprisingly they can also be very good for our health. Part of the plant is actually between 36 and 48 per cent protein, thus they provide relatively more protein than animal-based sources like fish, meat or dairy products. Moreover, at 15 per cent, they are also a good source of dietary fibre, and they are much easier to digest than other sources of fibre like beans and chickpeas. For these reasons, lupins can be considered to be a good source of protein, for example for your evening meal. Active people and athletes value this source of protein as such a high percentage of the plant is in fact protein, making it great for supporting healthy muscle growth. All the better, they are low in carbohydrates and fat – the takeaway is that sweet blue lupins do not promote weight gain.
Natural source of nutrients
Sweet blue lupins were recognised as far back as ancient Egypt for their healing properties, and they were also valued culturally. Looking at the modern research methods that are possible today, their valuing of this special plant was right on the mark. Specifically, lupins are high in secondary plant substances which act as antioxidants – these are important for our bodies and work well against the effects of ageing. We can also get potassium, calcium and magnesium in a natural form when we eat lupin. One criticism of foods like beans, peas and lentils is that they can increase the amount of uric acid in the blood. This is not the case for sweet blue lupins. Notably the plant is very low in purine, a precursor to uric acid, and it also has an alkalising effect on the body. In addition, lupins contain all of the essential amino acids while being free of gluten, lactose and cholesterol. Sweet blue lupin thrives throughout most of Europe, which means that they don't require much transportation once they are harvested.
Uses in the kitchen
One can often find sweet blue lupin as a ready to use product in the shop, most likely in the form of lupin flour or lupin coffee. You might also come across lupin pasta, or you may find patties for grilling with a lupin base. If you like, you can use a little creativity and make many wonderful dishes using lupin flour, and at the same time take some steps toward supporting your own good health. Naturally we hope you have fun coming up with with your own lupin recipes!
Note that only sweet blue lupin is suitable for human consumption. For this reason it's best not to collect the plants yourself; instead look for products like lupin coffee and lupin flour at your local health food shop or supermarket.
Source (German only): Dr. Ruediger Dahlke, Die Peace Food Keto-Kur. Länger jung und gesund, Gräfe and Unzer, 5th edition, Munich, 2019.
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