Chickpeas! Chickpeas (or garbanzo beans as they are sometimes known) are no where near as appreciated as they should be considering all of the health benefits they provide
• They are high in fibre, majority of this fibre is insoluble which can reduce the risk of colon cancer.
• They are filling and leave you satisfied for longer after finishing your meal (great for people watching their weight!).
• Including chickpeas in your diet helps to regulate blood sugar levels and insulin secretion (useful for people with diabetes).
• There is little difference, nutritionally, between uncooked chickpeas and the readily cooked canned variety (these are a great time and money saver)!
• Chickpeas are extremely high in antioxidants including flavonoids and the mineral manganese; as well as being an excellent energy source, these antioxidants are believed to reduce the risk of heart disease (in particular coronary heart disease).
• Chickpeas are low in fat but the fat which they do provide is mostly polyunsaturated and full of omega 3.
• Chickpeas are a great source of protein and their high iron content provides a great alternative to meat in vegetarian (and vegan) meals.