Ah Nuts – Chickpeas

Let’s Talk Legumes

So, I have covered fruits and vegetables quite a lot on this blog over the last two years. And it has been fun. But people often have a love-hate relationship with legumes. So, for a couple of weeks, we are going to be covering the origins, benefits, and pitfalls of legumes all over the world. Who knows? Maybe, there will be a recipe linked in there that is relevant to your interests? Get ready to get your nutrition on, because we are going to be talking about…

 

chickpeas

Chickpeas

Also, known as the garbanzo bean or Egyptian pea, is famous for being one of the very first legumes domesticated in the fertile crescent valley of Mesopotamia. They are most commonly found and are most popularly consumed in countries from Africa and Asia. Which makes sense, because these little guys are packed with various vitamins and minerals, and are a good protein substitute for meat. What’s more, they serve as the backbone for one of the more delicious treats to bring at a party, hummus. But what sort of vitamins and minerals do they have? And how do they benefit the people eating it?

The Benefits of Chickpeas

  • Fiber: This combined with the natural protein and complex carbohydrates of the chickpea create satiety. This satiety helps people eat less in the long run.
  • Vitamin B: Specifically, it has vitamin B6, a foliate that helps your body create new cells, and helps your body copy/synthesize new DNA.
  •  Phytoestrogens: this important micronutrient mimics the body’s natural female hormone estrogen. This means that it is a useful aid for women going through menopause or suffering any other imbalances that come from a lack of estrogen.
  • Iron: Chickpeas have a good amount of iron, which plays a part in the reproduction of blood cells and growth of other cells.
  • Starch: The kind of starches that are found in chickpeas are considered complex. If you recall from the last article, it means that it takes longer for your body to digest. Therefore, it is the kind of food that exists to prevent blood sugar spikes.

Chickpea Recipes

           Classic Hummus

One of the more traditional ways to enjoy chickpeas in the Mediterranean is hummus. With the right ingredients mixed together, hummus is a tasty treat for either binging on when you are home alone or for putting out when you are throwing a quick gettogether. Click on the photo below for the recipe.

 

chickpeas, hummus, recipe
Photo: Tasty.co

 

Shrimp Curry with Chickpeas and Cauliflower

I bet you didn’t know that you could put them in curry! There are more to chickpeas than hummus, and this is only the tip of the iceberg of what you can do. It is great if you want to put a little bit of spice into your cooking. Click on the photo for the recipe.

chickpea, curry, chickpeas
Photo: Bon Appetite.com

 

Sources:

https://draxe.com/chickpeas-nutrition/

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/280244.php

https://www.livestrong.com/article/557013-how-to-roast-dry-chickpeas/


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