The guar bean or cluster bean, has have a slightly bitter taste. It has been proved to be helpful in treating diabetic conditions. The bean has a good amount of dietary fibers and proteins, which is helpful in weight loss treatment. The stomach takes time to digest the fibers, keeping your stomach full for a longer time, so you end up eating less and thereby tend to loose weight easier. Apparently the Cluster beans are further stuffed with Vitamin C and K, the latter being important in the bone health and in the development of a healthy fetus. The Cluster bean seeds are dried and ground into guar gum. This flour is used as thickening agent instead of gelatin in ice-creams, cheese and sauces. Cluster beans are not only low in calories but are also very effective in lowering the blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Commonly used in:
It is steamed, boiled or fried seasoned with mustard and garnished with coconut.
It is also used in curries and bhajis.
It is rich in dietary fibre and lowers blood cholesterol levels. It offers heart health benefits and helps maintain a well digestive system. , It also contains Vitamin C that makes bones and teeth stronger.