Chickpeas are small, pale-brown beans that have been actively cultivated for the past 7,000 years, making them the oldest and most relied upon legumes on the planet. They have an impressive nutrient profile, which makes them an essential crop in certain regions for centuries. Chickpeas have been extensively used in the Middle East and the Mediterranean region.
The health benefits attributed to chickpeas include the ability to promote growth, protect the heart, improve digestion, build strong bones, prevent chronic disease, lower the risk of genetic diseases, avoid diabetes and help with weight loss.
Chickpeas are extra rich in protein, dietary fiber, iron, magnesium, folate, phosphorous and a number of essential vitamins, along with a rich blend of antioxidants and active components, chickpeas are a powerhouse of healthy eating.
• Chickpeas are a protein dense food that offers an ideal alternative for vegeterians who want to ensure they have proper nutrient intake.
• Chickpeas contain a great amount of antioxidant compounds including polyphenols, phytonutrients, beta-carotene and key vitamins, which can reduce oxidative stress in the body and prevent chronic disease.
• The high levels of dietary fiber present in chickpeas can help to bulk up the stool content and keep the bowel movements regular, while also eliminating inflammation, cramping, bloating and constipation. This can also improve nutrient digestion and ensure that one is getting all the nutritional value from the food.
• Chickpeas have a strong ability to regulate blood sugar levels throught optimization of digestion. This is believed to come directly from the soluble fiber levels found in chichpeas, in addition to a solid and balanced nutrient profile.
• The high density of nutrients along with the dietary fiber content of chickpeas, makes them perfect for people trying to lose weight. The fiber keeps the body satiated for longer. The blend of minerals and vitamins also keeps the body energized and active, preventing fatigue and between-meal snacking.
• The concentrated minerals found in chickpeas including iron, phosphorous, magensium, copper and zinc mean that these beans are exceptionally good for bone health. Many of those minerals are essential when trying to improve bone mineral density and prevent age-related conditions like osteoporosis.
• The high levels of soluble fiber helps to scrap cholesterol and rebalanve those levels in the heart, preventing atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes. Furthermore, chickpeas contain omega 3 fatty-acids, essential polyunsaturated fats for the optimal functioning of the heart.
Chickpeas possess some compounds called purines, which can be broken down by the body into urin acid. People suffering from kidney stones, gall stones or gout, may want to avoid the consumption of chickpeas, as they could exacerbate the conditions if consumed in large enough quantities.