Lupine is a plant of the family Fabaceae , which includes 600 different species, including legumes such as lentils , beans, etc.
Lupine, an alternative to meat
Lupine seeds are very rich in protein , for a cup of lupine seeds, we have about 25g of protein (it’s about the same amount of protein found in 100g of chicken). Lupine is therefore an excellent alternative to meat , as part of a vegetarian diet for example. It is also recommended to consume it when one seeks to lose weight , that one does a lot of sport, or that one tends to lose in muscular mass (in the old people for example).
A legume, to fight against cholesterol and diabetes
Fiber is found in large quantities in lupine, which is a seed with a low glycemic index , making it an ideal food for:
- Prevent cardiovascular disease (it limits bad cholesterol )
- Promote weight loss
- Provide a source of important fiber for people with diabetes, without raising the level of glucose in the blood
Weight loss, pregnancy: lupine is all good!
This legume is a non-negligible source of thiamine ( vitamin B1 ), a vitamin needed to metabolize carbohydrates and fats. It will prevent metabolic diseases, such as obesity and diabetes, and may lead to weight loss.
Also, folates ( vitamin B9 ), present in lupine, play an important role in the formation of red blood cells (useful in cases of anemia), contribute to the proper functioning of the nervous system, the immune system (in case of infections for example).
During a pregnancy , consuming lupine may be a good idea: folate helps to produce new cells, which is particularly important during the development of the baby .
Lupine seeds: how to consume them?
As lupine seeds are leguminous, the indications and uses are almost the same as for lentils, beans or chickpeas.
It is recommended to let them soak between 18h and 48h before cooking, in order to remove the bitterness of the food.
Lupine can be eaten cooked, or already prepared in canned “nature”. Avoid preserves that contain chemical additives, dyes or sugar, read the label carefully before choosing it).
It is eaten hot or cold, in salad, mixed with cereals to make pancakes, or vegetable steaks.
We also find in the trade lupine flour, very rich in protein, which can quite replace the eggs in the preparations of pasta, cakes, cakes, adding in addition a taste of hazelnut.
Lupine: contraindications and precautions to know
People with peanut allergies are advised to be alert before eating lupine seeds because of a risk of cross allergy.
Also, avoid consuming wild seeds because they are not dry or processed, so contain toxic substances (alkaloids), which can be dangerous for your health.