You can call them chickpeas or garbanzo beans but make sure you add these legumes to your diet! They are as tasty as they are healthy. Chickpeas are one of the oldest cultivated food in the Middle East, and they have been a favorite for centuries!
Health Benefits of Chickpeas
Weight Control – Chickpea is high in fiber and protein and low on the glycemic index. It is a potent combination that can help control weight. Nutritionists suggest that 1/2 cup of chickpeas daily can help control your hunger pangs. The fiber and protein will help keep you feeling full, resulting in fewer calories consumed.
Heart Health – Research has found that people who regularly consume chickpeas can also lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and total cholesterol. Chickpeas contain a fair amount of folate and magnesium. Studies show that folate can lower levels of the amino acid homocysteine and will strengthen blood vessels. Researchers believe that chickpeas help to decrease the risk of a heart attack.
Women’s Health – Found in chickpeas is a phytochemical called saponin which research shows acts as an antioxidant. Saponins help lower the risk of breast cancer and help to protect against osteoporosis. A bonus of the saponins is the minimization of hot flushes in post-menopausal women.
Immune System Health – Chickpeas are an excellent natural source of zinc and copper. Both zinc and copper are essential for the development and function of immune cells. Nutritionists have found that one cup of cooked chickpeas delivers roughly 30% of the Daily Value for copper and nearly 20% for zinc.
Excellent Source of Iron – One of the most common nutritional deficiencies globally is iron deficiency. It is a leading cause of anemia. Chickpeas contain high amounts of absorbable iron. Research shows that a cup of cooked chickpeas contains nearly 26% of the Daily Value of iron. Unlike other irons found in animal products, non-heme iron cannot be absorbed quickly by the body.
Become your own Health Hero by adding chickpea to your diet. Chickpeas can be used in salads, dips, snacks, or main courses, adding versatility, taste, and health to your diet.
Try These Delicious and Healthy Chickpea Recipes
Why not treat yourself to this great-tasting leek and mushroom cabbage rolls. Healthy ingredients come together to make a delicious meal. Go get the recipe.