They have several names, chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans or Bengal gram are an important source of Carbohydrates, Folate, vitamins and proteins. Recent studies have shown that they can lessen your appetite due to their fibre content.
Chickpeas are a good source of protein. If you combine them with a whole grain, they will provide an amount of proteins comparable to the input of proteins obtained from dairy foods or meat.
Moreover, if you are looking to lose weight, you can use chickpeas. Due to the low GI and high fiber content, chickpeas are perfect for weight loss. Putting them in a salad is not only tasty, but also will keep you full for a longer period of time, controlling your appetite.
For those unsure as to why it is important to have a low GI (Glycemic Index): The lower the GI, the slower the carbohydrates are broken down and digested, meaning that you will have energy for longer.
They are also good for athletes, fitness conscious people and persons who use a lot of energy during the day due to the high iron content. Iron is a component of haemoglobin, and is a key part of the metabolism and the enzyme systems for energy production.
Last but not least is the benefit it brings to the heart. Regular consumption of chickpeas can lower LDL, which is the “bad’ cholesterol. Due to chickpeas’ high levels of Folate, they can strengthen the blood vessels, and may result in a healthier heart.