Originally cultivated in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, have spread their culinary influence across the world. Like other legumes, such as beans, peas, and lentils, chickpeas appear round and beige, while other varieties can be black, green, and red which are high in fiber and protein, and contain a range of health benefits. (MedicalNewsToday)
- Excellence source of fibers
Fibers are important to keep metabolism in check and enhance digestive system. They contain a moderate amount of calories that help reduce calorie intake at meals. Soluble fiber regulates blood sugar levels by optimizing digestion which keeps your cardiovascular system healthy. These nutrients can prevent diabetes by ensuring normal levels of insulin.
- Soaked in several minerals
Chickpeas are a great source of several minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc, which have been studied for their potential to boost heart health. They help prevent high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease. Calcium and iron are essential to improve bone mineral density.
- Packed with plant-based protein
Ranging from weight management to bone health, chickpeas are a great choice for individuals who avoid animal products. Proteins are made from 20 different amino acids which provide the building blocks in muscle that allow for contraction.
- Various essential vitamins
These legumes are rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E along with omega 6 fatty acids, all of which improve scalp health and boost blood circulation. In. take of chickpeas on a regular basis can boost your vision with the help of vitamins A, C, and E.
- Loaded with carbohydrates
Athletes need carbohydrates to stay active and energetic at all times. Chickpeas are a form of complex carbohydrates that your body needs for energy.
How to make hummus?
- 1 cup boiled Chickpeas
- 3 tbsp Tahini paste
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- Salt, to taste
Step 1 – Add tahini, lemon juice, finely minced garlic, olive oil, ground cumin, and salt to a food processor, and blend to a creamy and thick puree.
Step 2 – Now add boiled chickpeas and process till you achieve a creamy and smooth consistency.
Step 3 – Serve the spread on a plate and garnish with olive oil and paprika, dip with pita bread.