The yellow dal we can purchase in Indian groceries is green gram (mung dal) that is split with the outer green hull stripped off. It is considered a very healthy food in Ayurveda. The combination of rice plus yellow dal is considered almost ideal.
However, I have been questioning that opinion for a while. My first reason for quesitoning it was simply from the whole food perspective. We know that whole grains have more nutrients than refined grains. Is that same thing true for "refined" beans? Split yellow mung dal is certainly refined compared to whole green mung dal (green gram). Ayurveda says that the yellow dal is easier to digest (and a great variety of health problems can be traced back to subtly incomplete digestion).
I posted a comment on Dr. Fuhrman's blog about his debate with someone on the Weston Price Foundation's board (Barry Groves). Comments are moderated at Fuhrman's blog, so I went back to see if my comment had been posted - it had not. But while there, I saw another article on a very similar topic. Both these topics relate to my July 14th post in the Health category of this blog.
Have you ever received conflicting information about the health value of a particular diet? Of course - well all have!
In this article I want to share my viewpoint about low carb diets vs. high carb diets (and vegetarian vs. carnivorous diets).
Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Eat to Live is an excellent health and nutrition book in my opinion. Dr. Fuhrman favors vegetarian diets with little or no animal products. A diet like this will automatically be relatively high in carbohydrates.
A glutathione deficiency in open-angle glaucoma and the approaches to its correction
The findings point to a reduction of the processes of antioxidant defense of ocular tissues, developing as early as in the first stage of open-angle glaucoma. Lipoic acid administration for 2 months was associated with a rise of glutathione level in the red cells of patients with Stages II and III open-angle glaucoma.
The article is from the journal Vestn Oftalmol. 1992 Jul-Dec;108(4-6):13-5. [Article in Russian]