Thursday, February 24, 2011
The Health Benefits of Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
Check out the nutrition label for this superfood! In just 1/2 Cup of chickpeas you get 7 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber with very little fat and no cholesterol. This is an incredible source of secondary protein and a must for any vegetarians/vegans out there.
Most significant for us ladies is that you will receive 35% of your recommended daily folate intake as well as 15% of your recommended daily iron intake with this 1/2-Cup serving.
A mere 1/2 Cup also contains an incredible 238.5 mg of heart-healthy Potassium and a powerful antioxidant mineral called selenium; which can help protect the body against the damaging affects of free-radicals.
Some Healthy Notes:
As you may know, high-fiber foods like chickpeas help stabilize blood sugar and lower cholesterol levels-fighting against the all-too-common Heart Disease and Diabetes.
Chickpeas, like spinach, provide a healthy alternative to red meat as a source of iron. Iron is an integral component of hemoglobin, which transports oxygen from the lungs to all body cells, and is also part of key enzyme systems for energy production and metabolism.
Chickpeas are a great salad topper, soup ingredient, as well as an alternative protein source.