Chickpea is a legume whos different types are widely known as gram or garbanzo beans. Chickpea seeds are high in protein. One of the earliest cultivated legumes, chickpeas dates back to 7, 500 years in the Middle East.
A diet low in sodium has positive benefits in lowering bloodpressure. But studies have shown that a potassium rich diet may have an equal effect in controlling bloodpressure due to its vasodilating action.
The high fiber content of chickpeas assists in weightloss. Fiber absorbs water and acts as a bulking to the food in our tummy making stomach stretch receptors send signals to the brain of being full. This increases satiety and ultimately in weight loss.
Being an affluent source of fiber, chickpeas do miracles in people suffering with diabetes. Studies have shown people with type1 diabetes, a high fiber diet lowers blood sugar levels. Whereas it may improve lipids, blood sugar and insulin levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
Chickpeas are a good source of various minerals like calcium, phosphorous, zinc, iron as well as essential vitamins like Vitamin K and B12, all of which work together to strengthen bones and build up bone matrix.
With its soaring levels of folic acid, chickpeas have remarkable benefits in people suffering from anemia. A cup of cooked chickpeas provides us with more than 70% of daily folic acid requirement, higher than 3 ounces of sirloin or ground beef.
The high fiber content in chickpeas serve as a medium for stomach acid to act upon, lowering your gut acidity levels ultimately relieving heartburn.
Saponin, a phytochemical in chickpeas, restricts the growth and multiplication of tumor causing cells.
Being abundant in antioxidants, chickpeas consumption helps to fight free radical damage.
The high Vitamin C content in chickpeas serves to boost the production of collagen
It also reduces the effect of aging on the skin and works to restore its natural elasticity.
Chickpeas are a good source of soluble fiber which works to remove cholesterol from intestines, reducing risks for heart diseases.
Increasing potassium intake upto almost 5000 milligrams a day has been to reduce the risk of ischemic heart disease by 49%.