Originally cultivated in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, have spread their culinary influence to areas all over the world.
- Due to their high fiber (one cup contains 50% of the RDA!) and protein content, chickpeas are great at regulating blood sugar and reduce your appetite throughout the day.
- Chickpeas contain a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which may help decrease cardiovascular risks (in addition to the bounty of fiber).
- Garbanzo beans are an excellent source of molybdenum and manganese. They are also a very good source of folate and copper as well as a good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, protein, iron and zinc.
- The fiber in garbanzo beans is mostly insoluble and it has been shown to undergo conversion into short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) in the large intestine and provide support for our digestive tract in that way.
Best Ways to Use
- Puree garbanzo beans, olive oil, fresh garlic, tahini and lemon juice to make a quick and easy hummus spread.
- Sprinkle garbanzo beans with your favorite spices and herbs and eat as a snack.
- Add garbanzo beans to your green salads.
- Make a Middle Eastern-inspired dish by adding garbanzo beans to whole wheat pasta mixed with olive oil, feta cheese and fresh oregano.
- Simmer cooked garbanzo beans in a sauce of tomato paste, curry spices, and chopped walnuts and serve this dahl-type dish with brown rice.
- Adding garbanzo beans to your vegetable soup will enhance its taste, texture and nutritional content.
Source: WH Foods Garbanzo Beans