The scientific name for Chickpeas is Cicer arietinum . These wonder legumes are not only packed with protein which gets broken down into amino-acids, used to maintain healthy body tissues. However, they also contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals aswell. Including, iron, magnesium, potassium, folate, vitamins A, C and E. A delicious healthy snack that can be eaten raw, boiled or roasted. Added to soups, stews, curries or salad. Alternatively turned into dips, like the well known traditional hummus.
Weight Management. –
Emerging studies have proven that chickpeas may have a beneficical effect on weight management. By allowing you to feel full longer. Hence, helping to control weight gain by lowering calorie intake. Therefore, making it less likely that you turn to un-healthy feel good snacks.
Chickpeas have a high fibre content which helps to prevent constipation and regulate bowel movements, due to facilitation of the movement of food through the digestive system. Thus, resulting in a healthy digestive tract and an improvement in bowel health. Studies have shown that people who incorporated chickpeas into their diet, expreienced ease of defecation with softer stools and an increased frequency of defecation.
Research shows that by adding these amazing legumes to your diet may decrease the percentage of low-density lipoproteins (bad cholestrol) in your blood.
Are you pregnant and finding the need to constantly snack on something? Chickpeas are the perfect solution! Not only for the betterment of your own health, the huge demands placed on your body through pregnancy but that of your growing baby.
Folate (Vitamin B9) consumption is important in pregnancy, particularly in the first trimester. Amongst other things, it supports the growth of new cells, aids brain – cell communication and shields against genetic mutations. 1 cup of these powerful pulses equates to 71% of the daily folate requirement. They also contain manganese, a vital mineral which facilitates bone development.