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The Top 7 Benefits of Chickpeas
Vegetarians as well as those who eat animal protein will agree, these little legumes are both yummy and satisfying. But you may not know chickpeas have been a protein-rich addition to many cultures’ diets for generations, as they were cultivated over 7,500 years ago. These easy-to-love gems are filled with a powerhouse of health benefits; chickpeas, A.K.A. garbanzo beans, are a true superfood, loaded with nutrients, yet low in fat and calories! Plus:
- Chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein
- They’re rich in vitamins, minerals & healthy fiber
- They support a healthy heart & balanced blood sugar
- Read on to learn more!
#1 Feel Satisfied Without Overeating
Chickpeas, in addition to being delicious, are a filling ingredient to any recipe because they’re high in fiber, complex carbohydrates (for sustained energy), and lighter plant-based protein. This combination works beautifully together to give you the feeling of being perfectly satisfied, one well-portioned meal at a time.
#2 Helps to Support Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
Some carbohydrates, called simple carbohydrates (and most commonly referred to as “carbs,” with a naughty connotation) are digested quickly, leading to unhealthy spikes and dips in our blood sugar and energy levels. Chickpeas, on the other hand, boast healthy complex carbohydrates, which allow our bodies to rest and digest, using them more efficiently as energy, while giving you a deliciously healthy and versatile addition to a wide variety of dishes!
#3 Satisfying Source of Plant-Based Protein
Protein is an essential nutrient for building muscle, repairing body tissue, supporting digestion and helping to build a strong immune system. Did you know that there here are over 14 grams of protein in a one-cup serving of chickpeas?!
#4 Aids in Healthy Digestion
Less than 5% of Americans get the daily recommended amount of fiber in their food each day. The fiber content in chickpeas promotes regularity and a healthful digestive track. With over 13 grams of fiber per cup, chickpeas are in the top 20 highest fiber foods! Aside from aiding in healthy digestion, the fiber in chickpeas supports heart health, helps to control blood sugar levels, and guards against cancer, heart disease, diverticulitis, kidney stones, PMS, obesity, and more! (That’s a lot of benefits!)
#5 Essential Minerals Zinc and Folate
Chickpeas contain high levels of both zinc and folate. Zinc is important for wound healing, copying DNA, forming hemoglobin in blood, helping to avoid colds, healing Leaky Gut Syndrome, supporting eye health, fertility, hair growth and more.
The folate in chickpeas helps build new cells, prevent anemia, support immunity and aid in good digestion.
#6 An Overall Health Powerhouse!
Nutrient-dense chickpeas are loaded with iron, phosphorus, and many B vitamins,all of which support overall health and wellness. They have also been shown to help balance unhealthy cholesterol levels while reducing hypertension!
#7 Enjoy Effortlessly Delicious Chickpea Dishes, Delivered to Your Door!
Babeth’s Feast offers a variety of dishes that offer the health promoting benefits of delicious chickpeas. Our vegan Eggplant and Chickpea Stew is delicious, hearty, and healthy. You’ll also love our popular Roasted Lemon-Parsley Chickpea Salad that can play any of three delectable roles at a moment’s notice--main course, side dish or the protein pairing in your Healthy Veggie Bowls! When our chickpea dishes are delivered to your door, they’ll always be on hand to just heat and serve, beckoning everyone to the table, delighting vegetarians, vegans and omnivores alike. Enjoy chickpeas!
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