Chickpea beans have a delicious, nut-like flavor and buttery texture. They are an excellent source of protein that is available to you all year round because the beans are stored in the dried state.
Chickpeas contain over eighty (80!) nutrients.
Benefit for health
Chickpeas are an indispensable source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, as are most other beans. Eating beans, especially chickpeas, has been scientifically proven to significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and its serious consequences, such as strokes and heart attacks.
It provides you with virtually fat-free yet very high quality protein.
It is an excellent source of minerals, namely molybdenum, which is an essential component of the enzyme responsible for neutralizing harmful preservatives commonly added to prepared foods.
Chickpeas will give you energy by helping replenish your iron stores. For women during their period, when the body is iron deficient, eating chickpeas is a good idea.especially because, unlike red meat (another source of iron), these beans are low in calories and virtually fat free.
Chickpeas are an excellent source of manganese, a mineral that is a constituent of many enzymes important in the body’s antioxidant defenses and energy production. Just one cup of chickpeas provides 84.5% of the daily value of this very important mineral.
It stabilizes blood sugar levels.
Chickpeas, like other beans, are rich in both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. Soluble fiber forms a gel-like substance in the digestive tract that binds to cholesterol-containing bile and removes it from the body. Insoluble fiber not only prevents constipation, but also helps prevent digestive upsets.
How to select and save
When buying a bean chick, make sure that the packaging does not show any signs of moisture or damage, as well as insects, that the packaging is intact and has no cuts.
Store dried beans in an airtight container in a cool dry and dark place for up to 12 months.If you buy chickpeas at different times, store them separately, as the beans can be dried differently and therefore require different cooking times. Cooked beans can be refrigerated for about three days in a covered container.
How to cook
Sprinkle boiled chickpeas with your favorite spices and herbs and eat as a snack.
Add chickpeas to your green salads.
Make a Middle Eastern take on pasta by adding chickpeas to spaghetti mixed with olive oil, feta cheese and herbs.
Simmer simmered chickpeas with tomatoes, spices and walnuts, and serve this dish with brown rice.
Add chickpeas to your vegetable soup. This will complement the taste, texture and nutritional value.