Garbanzo – A Healthy Little Chickpea

Garbanzo Beans, or chickpeas, are another way to add great taste and nutrition to your diet.  They are a good source of protein and fiber.  Garbanzo Beans contain Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Beta-carotene. They also contain an excellent amount of manganese and are a good source of minerals like iron, copper, and zinc.

Garbanzo Beans contain antioxidants that help prevent disease and optimize health.  They help reduce the risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol, lower the risk of colon problems and help control blood sugar.  They are also known to help in weight management, as they leave you feeling satisfied and full.  (One note of caution though.  Garbanzo Beans contain naturally occurring substances called purines.  So, if you have kidney problems or gout, you should limit or avoid intake of purine containing foods.) 

These round little chickpeas have a nutlike taste with a buttery texture.  They are popular in Middle Eastern and Indian dishes including hummus and falafel.  You can buy them ready to use in cans, or can find them dry which requires that you soak and cook them before eating.  There are many ways you can incorporate chickpeas into your diet.  You can add them to salads, soups, and pasta dishes.  You can puree them to make a hummus spread or garlic dip for vegetables and crackers.  And, you can roast them in the oven and add a variety of spices to create a tasty and satisfying snack.

So, if you are looking for some new ways to add some great nutrition to your diet, you might want to try some chickpeas.  They are healthy and delicious, and can be used in a variety of dishes.  I will give you some great recipes using chickpeas in upcoming posts.

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