Chickpeas are a type of legume, along with lentils, peas, beans and some nuts. They’re the main ingredient in hummus and can be eaten on their own, cooled in a salad or heated up in curries and stews. They’re a great source of plant-based protein and as such make a popular alternative to meat.
They’re rich in slow release carbs and studies have linked eating chickpeas with a lower risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes and digestive problems. Other studies suggest that a diet rich in chickpeas can also help to better regulate blood sugar and insulin levels and as such, can also play a beneficial role in weight management.
Chickpeas are also rich in antioxidant compounds that can help to protect our overall health.
One cup of cooked chickpeas contains 19g of carbohydrates and they may help to protect against heart disease, type 2 diabetes and gut problems and may help with weight management.