3 health benefits of chickpeas

From cutting cholesterol to warding off hunger cravings, chickpeas are a must-have on your next grocery list. Here are three health benefits of chickpeas.

By Canadian Living

3 health benefits of chickpeas
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Whether you call them chickpeas or garbanzo beans, these little legumes are a tasty and healthy treat! One of the oldest cultivated vegetables in the Middle East, chickpeas have been a fan favourite for hundreds of years -- and it's easy to see why.

Here are three health benefits of chickpeas:

1. Hunger control:
Chickpeas are high in fibre and protein, and they have a low glycemic index. This powerful combination can help control your weight. Enjoying as little as 1/2 cup (125 mL) of chickpeas daily can keep you feeling full -- and consuming fewer calories.

2. Cholesterol reduction: Including 3/4 cup (175 mL) of chickpeas in your diet each day can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, which reduces the risk of heart disease.

3. Versatility: Chickpeas can be used in salads, soups, curries, chilis and stews. Or consider roasting them with your favourite savoury spices. High-protein chickpea flour (also called garam) is gluten-free and can be used to make pakoras, pappadams or pancakes, or can serve as a substitute for eggs in baked goods.

Try out some of these tasty chickpea recipes today:

Chickpea and Black Bean Salad
Vegetarian Chickpea Burgers
Lemon Kale with Chickpeas
Chickpea and Eggplant Simmer
Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette


This story was originally titled "Why We Love Chickpeas" in the June 2012 issue.

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