We’ve talked about various Middle Eastern dips in the past, such as tahini and hummus, and they both have one thing in common – deliciousness!. And they are both healthy! There’s plenty of benefits you can get from eating chickpeas, and every self-respecting vegetarian knows how important they are! Chickpeas are a staple in a vegan diet and have been on plates for centuries.
Today, let’s look a little closer at chickpeas and why you should be eating them.
What are Chickpeas?
Chickpeas, also popularly known by the name garbanzo beans, are a type of legume. These beans were originally found in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. It’s common variant is seen as round and beige, although black, green, and red versions are not unheard of.
Benefits of Eating Chickpeas
Similar to lentils, beans, and peas, chickpeas pack a punch when it comes to nutritional value. That alone is more than enough reason why its popularity has been widespread throughout the globe.
Here are some of the benefits you can get from eating chickpeas.
Promotes Feeling of “Fullness”
The combination of protein and fiber found in chickpeas makes it a great appetite regulator. So, in a manner of speaking, if you’re looking for ways to control your calorie intake by fooling your system that you’re already full, eating chickpeas is the way to go! These are idea for those looking for weight loss and overall health.
Rich in Plant-Based Protein
Some of us would like to get protein from sources other than animals for individual reasons. With that in mind, chickpeas have been found to be rich in plant-based protein. That’s why vegetarians love having them in their diet.
Helps Manage Blood Sugar Levels
Chickpeas particularly have low glycemic index (GI), which means it shows gradual increase in blood sugar rather than a sudden spike. That means it is essential in blood sugar control, and is safe for diabetic people. As a matter of fact, it can help towards preventing diabetes development in those who don’t have it!
Improves Digestive Health
Because of their fiber content, chickpeas help in cleaning the digestive tract. Harmful bacteria and other substances that are stuck in your system are easily flushed with fiber. By including chickpeas in your diet, you ensure your fibre needs are met, and chickpeas are a great source.
Helps Prevents Cancer and Heart Diseases
Chickpeas promote health in many ways, specifically protecting the cardiovascular system. They have been shown to help prevent cancer formation in some instances. For starters, the omega-3 fatty acid content helps protect the heart and reduce occurrences of inflammation. Antioxidants, on the other hand, seek out free radicals and assist in the prevention of mutation that can bring about cancer.
And those are just five of the many benefits you can get from chickpeas. Doesn’t that make you want to include them in your diet?