From cutting cholesterol to warding off hunger cravings, chickpeas are a must-have on your next grocery list. Here are three health benefits of chickpeas.
By Canadian Living
Whether you call them chickpeas or garbanzo beans, these little legumes are a tasty and healthy treat! One of the oldest cultivated vegetables in the Middle East, chickpeas have been a fan favourite for hundreds of years — and it’s easy to see why.
Here are three health benefits of chickpeas:
1. Hunger control: Chickpeas are high in fibre and protein, and they have a low glycemic index. This powerful combination can help control your weight. Enjoying as little as 1/2 cup (125 mL) of chickpeas daily can keep you feeling full — and consuming fewer calories.
2. Cholesterol reduction: 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.
3. Versatility: Chickpeas can be used in salads, soups, curries, chilis and stews. Or consider roasting them with your favourite savoury spices. High-protein chickpea flour (also called garam) is gluten-free and can be used to make pakoras, pappadams or pancakes, or can serve as a substitute for eggs in baked goods.
Try out some of these tasty chickpea recipes today: