Chickpeas are one of the staple diets in many parts of the world. These are the main ingredients in the famous Mediterranean diet called Humus. They contain good amount of nutrition of various kinds. Chickpeas are very versatile and its recipes can be used both as side dish, main dish or sometimes as snacks. Let us see some reasons on why you should have more chickpeas as part of your diet.
Dietary Fiber Content
Chickpeas are good source of dietary fiber. Although they may not contain fiber as high as Sesame seeds, still they contain good amount of fiber of both major kinds – soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber contain gel like substance when they come in contact with water and they help in reducing bad cholesterol in the body by trapping the cholesterol and throwing it out of the body. The insoluble fiber help in having a clean bowels and constipation reduction. Both these fibers also help in controlling the weight. Chickpeas contain around 7.6 grams of fiber per 100 grams in weight.
Chickpeas are also valuable source of protein, especially for the vegetarians. They contain around 9 grams of protein per 100 grams which is quite good for plant based foods. The good part is this protein comes with saturated fats which you cannot avoid most of the times when you consume animal meat based proteins.
Controls Blood Sugar and Improves Heart Health
Chickpeas contain good amount of fiber which helps prevent quick rise in blood sugar levels. When you consume foods such as chickpeas and other beans and lesser amount carbohydrates then you can control your blood sugar levels. Chickpeas also help you maintain healthy heart since they are good source of Magnesium which are good for heart health as they keep the heart muscles, blood vessels and the nerves relaxed. They also prevent heart disease by reducing the bad Cholesterol which get accumulated in the blood vessels which makes them narrow causing heart diseases.
Good Source of Other Nutrients
You will also get good amount of other nutrients when you consume chickpeas. For example you can get various kinds of vitamins such as Vitamin A, B, C, E and K. You also get Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and other minerals.
How To Consume Chickpeas
Chickpeas are hard and need to soaked overnight. Then they can be boiled and then used in various recipes. You can also sprout them which can happen in 2 days of time. The sprouted chickpeas are much more beneficial. Here is an article which is about how to create sprouts. There are many recipes which can be prepared from chickpeas available from various cuisines of the world.
The easiest to prepare is Chickpea Salad. For this just take sprouted chickpeas, add onions and tomatoes cut into small pieces. Add salt and lemon juice. If you like of hot, add some hot green pepper or black pepper powder. Mix the ingredients well and have it. The salad can be prepared in almost no time and you can eat it at home or carry in a tiffin to be consumed later without the fear of it getting spoiled at least for 6 to 8 hours.