We are talking about chickpeas. This legume plant has become more popular in recent years and gets to the top of the list of favorite foods.
In general legumes, such as beans, peas, lentils, are a rich source of high quality protein with essential amino acids, so it is no wonder that they can serve as a substitute for meat. They contain many vitamins, with emphasis on those of group B, especially folic acid, which is important for pregnant women. However, they are filled with minerals such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, selenium, and the soluble and insoluble fibers.
After this brief overview it is clear we need to consume chickpeas more often. Fortunately there are many ways of preparing it.
In 100 grams of chickpeas there are 360 calories, from which 19% are protein, 6% are fat, 60% are carbohydrates, 17 grams of dietary fiber and 10.7 grams of sugar.
Besides chickpeas being able to provide satiety, they also have huge advantages when it comes to maintaining and improving overall health. This plant possesses beneficially affects on the level of cholesterol and diabetes related problems because it regulates blood sugar. There is also a great effect on heart health because, as we mention before, it possesses folic acid as well. On its list of benefits, chickpeas also have trace of the mineral called molybdenum. This mineral activates metabolism’s enzymes, and is also known as a good diuretic.
Help in the process of weight loss
Regular intake of fiber in the organism helps in maintaining body weight and fighting obesity. In a study published in The American magazine for specialized nutrition for people scientists found that intake of eight grams of fiber per one thousand calories into the body stimulates weight loss up to two kilograms. Chickpeas have eight grams of fiber in three quarters of a cup, which is reason enough for you to start eating it frequently.