Chickpeas are one of the earliest cultivated legumes, dating back to the pre-pottery Neolithic B period. They are a rich source of fiber, contain healthy fats, carbs, and many other vitamins and minerals. Chickpeas are also high in protein, so they can be a great meat substitute for vegans and vegetarians. This legume is actually the key ingredient in hummus, a popular Levantine dip!
We at Bright Side have found 10 ways your body can benefit from chickpeas and it may make you want to incorporate them into your diet!
1. Weight loss
Protein and fiber in chickpeas can slow down digestion and give you a feeling of fullness. They also help reduce appetite and food intake which can lead to weight loss.
2. Healthier bones
Chickpeas are a good source of manganese, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and vitamins K and A. All of these are important for bone growth, bone mineralization, and the production of collagen.