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Chickpeas, Kabuli chana, or chhole belong to the legume family, and are part of the quintessential Sunday meal. Found in every kitchen in India, we all know just how brilliant spicy chhole taste with hot bhature. But as mouth watering as they are, these chickpeas are even more nutritious.
Also known as Garbanzo beans in the west, chickpeas are rich in protein, vitamins and contain magnesium, fiber, potassium, and calcium. All these nutrients help to control your blood cholesterol level, support cardiovascular health, strengthen your immunity, and prevent inflammation.
That’s not all Kabuli chana can do for your health. Here are all the health benefits of chickpeas you need to know about:
Chickpeas are high in protein and fibre, and low in glycemic index. All this makes chickpeas great for weight loss, as they promote a feeling of fullness. Not to mention, chickpeas also reduce your appetite and can hence help you achieve your weight loss goals.
High cholesterol is associated with poor cardiovascular health. According to a 2006 study published in the Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism, consumption of chickpeas is linked to reduced levels of bad cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein (LDL).
The American Diabetes Association recommends chickpeas for diabetes patients as its high fibre content is associated with reduced blood sugar levels. This legume is a significant source of protein, which also makes it an ideal food for diabetics.
The vitamin C, selenium, and beta carotene content in chickpeas fight against cancer-causing free radicals. Not to mention, the fibre in chickpeas help reduce risk of colorectal cancer. Chickpeas have other cancer-fighting compounds as well—like lycopene, saponins, and B vitamins that can protect you against breast and lung cancer.
The fibre in chickpeas promotes good gut health and help to make your bowel movements more regular.
Chickpeas may improve your mental health as it contains choline, which helps your body makes chemicals that are beneficial for memory, mood, muscles, and other brain and nervous system activities. Selenium also boosts cognitive health and memory.
So, be thankful for chickpeas and don’t forget about its health benefits!