Are Chickpeas Healthy?
Chickpeas are used in everything from curries to meringues (kind of), but if you’re wondering whether they’re actually healthy, read on to find out the full lowdown.
What are chickpeas, anyway?
Chickpeas are a legume and are considered to be one of the oldest cultivated in the world. They are very important in Indian, mediterranean and middle eastern cooking, as chickpeas are very versatile, they can be used to make flour, blended to make dips (we all love a bit of hummus) or be cooked in soups and curries. 66% of chickpeas are produced in India.
Are chickpeas healthy?
Chickpeas have a high nutritional value and are a great addition to a balanced diet. Per 30g a serving they contains:
- 3g of protein, making it an excellent source for those on a plant-based diet
- 2g fibre
- High in minerals iron, copper and manganese, a 30g serving provides 15% of your recommended daily intake of manganese
Chickpeas are also believed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease since eating them helps reduce cholesterol. So in all, chickpeas are a fantastic food to incorporate into your diet, as they’re nutritionally good for you.
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by Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.