dimanche 24 avril 2016





You probably already know that chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a delicious vegan source of protein. They’re found in lots of different foods, including Indian dishes, hummus, salads and spreads. In addition to being incredibly tasty and filling, they’re also super healthy. Here are few reasons you may want to get more chickpeas into your diet.
Blood Sugar Control
Chickpeas are a boon for those who struggle with blood sugar spikes and falls. According to Medical News Today, studies have shown that the high fiber levels present in chickpeas may help regulate blood sugar for Type 1 diabetics.
SFGate explains further. Because fiber slows down digestion, sugar crosses from the digestive tract to the bloodstream at a more gradual rate. This prevents the sudden need for insulin that diabetic bodies have a hard time producing.
Heart Health and Cholesterol Regulation
Chickpeas are often eaten as a substitute for meat, which can be great for those hoping to watch their dietary fat or cholesterol. Even apart from chickpeas’ ability to be a substitute, they may help boost heart health and reduce cholesterol levels.
In an article for Mindbodygreen, cardiologist Dr. Joel Kahn cites a study that followed 20 healthy men and monitored their cholesterol levels as they ate various diets. When they followed a low-fat, low-meat diet, their blood cholesterol levels remained around 123 md/dl. When they added butter, their cholesterol levels rose to about 206 mg/dl. Next, the researchers had them consume chickpeas along with butter—even while continuing to eat butter, their cholesterol levels decreased, averaging at about 160 mg/dl.
“ … chickpeas and other pulses appear to blunt the rise in blood cholesterol that dietary fats may otherwise induce,” Kahn says.
Nutrients for Bone Health
Chickpeas contain a beneficial cocktail of nutrients that support bone health. For one thing, these delicious legumes contain magnesium, potassium and calcium—a trifecta of minerals that support healthy bones. It’s great to find all three of these ingredients in one food, as the ratio of these minerals is important to their efficacy.
Chickpeas also contain phosphate, iron and zinc, which also support the skeletal system.
Detoxifying and Anti-Cancer Properties
Finally, chickpeas contain selenium, a mineral that plays a role in liver enzyme function. It’s also been theorized that consuming selenium can help prevent some kinds of cancer.
Selenium also works as an antioxidant, which means that it may help neutralize free radicals in the body, helping to prevent cancer.