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Lupin Is The Ingredient You're About To See On Every Vegan Instagram Account Ever

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Brace yourself, there's a new vegan favourite in town

The clean eating movement has a new friend, and it’s called lupin. A legume from the peanut family, this vegan gluten-free bean can be eaten whole, but is more commonly ground down into lupin flour which is used in pasta and baked dishes.

Lupin is not a new ingredient by any means, but it’s gluten-free properties are making it popular in America and the UK, as more and more people steer away from foods containing gluten for allergy or other health reasons.

Despite the fact that some experts have said going gluten free if you're not gluten intolerant could actually be doing more harm than good, it's estimated than 8.5 million people in the UK have gone gluten free.

What are the benefits of lupin?

The beans contain fibre, protein (around 300g grams of lupin beans contains 26 grams of protein) as well magnesium and zinc.

How do you actually cook lupin?

Lupin flakes can be used to make a humous-like dip, can be boiled to make a cous-cous-like substitute, or added to vegan baked goods for extra protein.

Lupin beans can be soaked overnight, rinsed and mixed with olives as a snack, and lupin flour can be used to make tortillas, pizza bases and bread.

Isn't lupin a flower?

The flower form of lupin is much better known that this bean form, it’s long, colourful and herbaceous.

Is lupin bad for you?

Only if you’re allergic to peanuts, because you might be allergic to lupin too. Lupin is listed as an allergen on packaging because of this.

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