GARBANZO BEANS “CHICK PEAS” GMO FREE – 20 SERVINGS
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Garbanzo Beans “Chick Peas” GMO FREE – 20 servings – 1/4 cup dry
Chickpeas are a type of legume in the same family as kidney beans and peanuts. They’re also called garbanzo beans. They have a buttery, nutty flavor and creamy texture.
Chickpea Health Benefits
Chickpeas help control blood sugar. Canned and dried chickpeas have a low glycemic index. This means your body absorbs and digests them slowly. Also, they have a type of starch that digests slowly, called amylose. Both of these things help keep your blood sugar and insulin from going up too fast. This is good for people with diabetes.
They help with digestion. Chickpeas are high in dietary fiber, especially a soluble fiber called raffinose. The good bacteria in your gut breaks this down so your colon can digest it slowly. Studies have found that eating more chickpeas can help make bowel movements easier and more regular.
They can help lower cholesterol. Soluble fiber is good for more than gut health. It can lessen your total cholesterol and your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. This lowers your risk of heart disease. Studies have shown that you can lessen your total cholesterol if you add chickpeas to your diet.
High in protein, this amazing legume is used in many recipes including Hummus, a very popular and healthy snack alternative.
Here is a recipe for Hummus:
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 2 cups canned garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Pita bread wedges or assorted fresh vegetables
- In a food processor, combine the oil, beans, lemon juice, garlic and salt; cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl. Serve with pita wedges or vegetables.
1/4 cup: 324 calories, 29g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 309mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein.