Chickpeas form an important element of several cuisines is it our Indian style chickpea chaat or dangoand hummus in Emirati cuisine. Chickpeas also called garbanzo beans, are a type of legume. They are high in protein and are a great option to meet protein needs in vegan diets.

Nutritive value of Chickpeas (Per 100 grams):
Calories: 364 Kcal
Carbohydrates:61 g
Fiber: 17 g
Protein: 19 g
Fat: 6 g

Chickpeas are packed with nutrients and offer a number of health benefits.

1.) Increases satiety and helps with weight loss: Chickpeas are rich in protein and fiber, which makes you feel full and helps to curb cravings and avoid unhealthy snacking.

2.) Boosts energy and immunity: Chickpeas are a good source of trace mineral manganese, along with other health essential nutrients.

3.) Prevents constipation: Chickpeas are rich in fiber. Fiber is vital to the body and also prevents constipation.

4.) Aids in diabetes management: Chickpeas have a low glycemic index, are broken down gradually, decreasing the blood sugar peaks and the risk of hyperglycemia.

5.) Cholesterol reduction and prevention of heart disease:
Including 3/4th cup of chickpeas in your daily diet can profoundly help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. The Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and omega-3-fatty acids together prevent coronary heart disease as well as other cardiovascular risks.

Remember:
Like any other food, chickpeas must be eaten in moderation, being rich in resistant starch excess consumption might lead to flatulence. They need to be washed thoroughly and soaked overnight to get rid of the anti-nutritional factors and reduce overall cooking time. The water used to boil chickpeas can be used to prepare soups and stews.

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