The Mighty Punch of the Chickpea

Chickpeas- also known as garbanzo beans, form part of the legume family. They’re cute, round and have a bumpy texture.

These little gems are bursting with numerous antioxidants, minerals, nutrients and vitamins (including magnesium, vitamin c, calcium, zinc, vitamin B6 and potassium), which provide a comprehensive array of health benefits.

Chickpeas also keep your heart health elevated, which reduces the risk of several cardiovascular diseases and boosts your digestion.

Here are a few more reasons for you the rock the hummus:

>Chickpeas help maintain blood sugar

Chickpeas are a prime source of complex carbs, which are present in all other types of legumes. Your body gradually digests complex carbs and stores it as energy to be used later.This fact is very important because a majority of carbs do not share the same types of properties and effects. Some carbs (simple carbs) quickly increase your blood-sugar levels, which results in energy fluctuations in your body.

>Help you to lose weight

Chickpeas contain plenty of fiber and protein, which helps you feel fuller for longer. In other words – they just might break your midnight snacking cycle. In addition, research identified that eating fiber can help enhance your weight loss efforts. So they’re low in calories, keep you fuller for longer and taste ahmaze!

>Help boost digestion

Chickpeas contain lots of fiber. Dietary fiber plays an instrumental role in enhancing metabolism and efficiently boosts your digestive system. Fiber helps everything you eat effectively pass through your intestines, along your digestive tract. Fiber also keeps your pH balance in check, which prevents all the toxins and bacteria from getting into your gut. It helps increase the level of healthy bacteria and eliminates the yucky ones.

>Chickpeas contain starch

Chickpeas contain starch, the kind of starch that is slow-burning and that is also why it falls into the complex carbs category. Your body won’t quickly break it down and convert it into glucose (which spikes your blood sugar). Unlike the sugar content found in pasta, processed foods, refined flour, white bread and soda, the starch in chickpeas takes a good amount of time to break down. Starches are made of natural sugars known as glucose. The body utilizes glucose to streamline many important bodily functions. But glucose can become an issue for people who are diabetic or pre-diabetic. Digesting glucose from starch found in legumes is pretty drawn-out. This fact is very important for people with diabetes. Therefore chickpeas can provide diabetics with balanced blood-sugar levels. However, it’s important to consult your healthcare professional to reach a conclusion about how much you should or can consume.

>Chickpeas are a good source of protein

You gotta get the protein yo 😆

Chickpeas can give you about 15g of pure protein per 1/2 cup. That’s a lot! You can cook them, steam them or fry them in a drop of olive oil. Chickpea protein is entirely plant-based and that’s why it has become a food choice for vegans across the world.

>They’re packed with B-complex Vitamins

Chickpeas contain B6, B5, B2 and B1 vitamins. Chickpeas are among the richest sources of B6, which promotes your immune system. And since they also contain vitamin B5, they can simultaneously care for the digestive and immune systems.

>They care for your bone health

Chickpeas contain a healthy dose of calcium, iron and phosphate which is vital for bone structure.

>Reduce the risk of inflammation

Chickpeas contain another important macronutrient- choline. This flexible component in chickpeas improves your sleep cycle, increases muscle movement and boosts memory. However, the best advantage of choline is that it increases your body’s capability to absorb fat, which goes a long way in helping your body increase its defenses against inflammation.

All in all, chickpeas are a great source of daily essential vitamins, minerals and protein. They’re a budget-friendly component to any healthy diet and taste yummy!

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