Chickpeas are legumes that originated in the Middle East but quickly spread to India, the Mediterranean countries and in America. They are yellow and brown in appearance reminiscent of dried peas. You can eat them boiled or fried, they have a high calorific value and very rich in nutrients. Because they contain high levels of protein, they are very prevalent in vegetarian cuisine as an excellent substitute for meat and fish. This type of bean is an excellent source of protein and iron. The ingredients of calcium and potassium in leaf of chickpeas are much larger than spinach and cabbage, while the iron, zinc, copper is roughly the same.
It belongs to the group of high – quality food which is recommended to be included in daily diet because:
- Eject toxins
Chickpea help the body expel sulfate frequently used as preservatives in food processing. The US Administration for food and medicines provide the information that one in 100 people is high sensitive to sulphites. This sensitivity can occur at any time of life, and symptoms are weakness, nausea, diarrhea, allergy, wheezing.
- For diets
Recommended in diets because it gives a feeling of satiety (in a while);
- Improves the immune system
Improves the immune system and protects the body from various infections and colds because of the presents of zinc and copper;
- Rich in proteins
Rich in protein that can replace protein from meat, especially when use together with rice or potatoes. These proteins help absorption of iron and calcium, improve the operation of the spleen and acting diuretic;
- Reduces cholesterol
These beans has magnesium, which is a key factor for regulating the pressure, controlling heart rate, binding of calcium to the bone and lowering cholesterol. The Chickpeas have a low glycemic index, so it can help towards making the stabilization of blood sugar levels. Has high content of phosphorus, even 20 times then the fish, which is known for its high amounts of phosphorus. Chickpeas are easily digested and help with digestive system problems and people who are suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. If they regularly consume this bean, they will quickly reduce cholesterol in their body.
- Against the harmful free radicals
It contains manganese which act against the harmful free radicals, promotes normal function of the thyroid gland, while allowing the body to better utilization of some nutrients from food (biotin, thiamin, vitamin C and choline);
- Heart diseases
Reduces the risk of heart diseases;
- Blood pressure regulation
Allow blood pressure regulation, optimal operation of the nervous and muscular system due to presence of magnesium.
- Low glycemic index
Chickpeas have a low glycemic index and can help in stabilization of the level of glucose in the blood and make it suitable food for diabetics;
- Contains enough calcium
It contains enough calcium that is essential for the development of the children (healthy bones and teeth), as well as women in menopause (osteoporosis);
People who are allergic to this pod should avoid eating it, as well as people who had problems with the digestive system, because it can cause gas, bloating and diarrhea and sometimes stomach cramps if inserted in large quantities.