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Chickpeas Health Benefits (vegetable)

Chickpeas are a member of the legume family and they can be eaten either in their natural form, or modified in order to enable their use in other ways Garbanzos also known as chickpeas have a delicious nutlike taste and a texture that is buttery, yet somewhat starchy and pasty. Chickpeas are rich in both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber.

 

Soluble fiber forms a gel-like substance in the digestive tract that snares bile (which contains cholesterol) and ferries it out of the body.

 

Due to high fiber content and low GI, chickpeas are excellent for weight loss diets. Salad with chickpeas is tasty and can keep you full longer, controlling the appetite.

 

Chickpeas are a good source of protein. Combined with a whole grain such as whole-wheat protein, they provide amount of protein comparable to that of meat or dairy foods without the high calories or saturated fats.

 

Chickpeas can be cooked and used in salads, curries, soups and stews. Roasted chickpeas, with few savoury spices, make for an ideal evening snack. Garbanzo beans also contain vitamins and minerals and significantly boost your intake of manganese and folate.

 

The mineral manganese helps support bone development and wound healing and also helps carry out chemical reactions important to your metabolism.

 

Garbanzo beans are great strengthening your hair. The good amounts of protein and manganese help prevent greying hair.

 

Chickpeas are loaded with good iron. Iron helps transporting oxygen through the body and is imperative for maintaining a strong immune system and good metabolism.

 

Including 3/4 cup (175 mL) of chickpeas in your diet each day can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, which reduces the risk of heart disease.

 

It’s a favourite addition to vegetarian diets and meatless dishes and can keep your stomach feeling full and satisfied a key for achieving or maintaining a healthy weight.

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