- Chickpeas are a Legume. All public health organizations, including Health Canada, recommend eating legumes as a source of Meat Alternative and a key food group for preventing disease and optimizing health. Need a vegetarian dish with high protein content? Try cooking chickpeas!
- Chickpeas are high in fiber! In fact one cup of chickpeas will provide you with half the recommended intake of fiber. That is, 12.5 g a cup! It is proven that foods high in fiber are excellent for your digestive health and in the prevention of colon cancers. In addition to this, foods high in fiber are excellent in lowering blood cholesterol and blood triglyceride levels.
- Chickpeas are an excellent source of Protein. 1 cup will provide you with 25% of your recommended intake for the day! If you’re trying to cut down on meat consumption or if you’re a vegetarian, chickpeas are a staple. Find recipes and try cooking them. They won’t bite!
- They are an excellent source of Folate. 1 cup will provide you with a whopping 70% of your recommended daily intake! Like all essential vitamins, Folate (vitamin B9) is important in the maintenance of good health, its main function is to enhance the body’s metabolism and promote and restore cellular growth. Folate is arguably the single most important nutrient during pregnancy. Pregnant? Bring on the chickpeas!
- Chickpeas support weight loss! Yes, you heard me loud and clear! Chickpeas are considered a complex carbohydrate and they will aid you on your weight loss journey by helping keep you fuller for much MUCH longer.
- They are a good source of Minerals. Chickpeas will provide you with a healthy source of essential minerals such as Phosphorous, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Potassium.
- Chickpeas are EXTREMELY low in fat. Whether you’re watching your triglyceride levels or are health conscious, chickpeas are an excellent low fat option. 1 cup only contains 2 grams of fat!
- Chickpeas regulate blood sugar. One serving a day (3/4 cup) will do the trick! Regulated blood sugar is the key to lowering your risk of developing metabolic disorders such as obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes.
- Chickpeas are convenient & pocket friendly. This makes them perfect for those on a tight budget who want to stay on the healthy track (psst, students!). You’ll also be happy to know that there is little to no difference in the nutritional value between canned chickpeas and those you cook at home, so if you don’t have the time or skill to make it yourself, don’t sweat it. Keep a few cans around and rid yourself of the guilt.
- Hummus. Just when you thought it couldn’t get better, need I say more? Who doesn’t love hummus? Everybody loves Hummus! All the more reason to eat more Hummus! Check out our recipe here.
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