Chickpea benefits

Nutritional benefits of chickpeas


What are chickpeas?

Chickpeas are the fruits of chickpea plant (Cicer arietinum L.). They are seeds inside legumes.

Chickpeas have a rounded shape ending in a small tip at one end.

Their skin is thin, almost transparent or slightly brown.

Its interior has the same color and it is easily separated into two equal halves.

It tastes sweet and shows a thick and dense texture.

What are the main nutrients of chickpeas? Composition of chickpeas

As an energy source, 100 grams of chickpeas give us 364 calories.

Their proportion of nutrients are divided into:

Chickpea composition

Vitamins and minerals in chickpeas:

  • Minerals in chick peas: Chickpeas are rich in potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, zinc, manganese and selenium, and even small amounts of copper and sodium.
  • Vitamins in chickpeas: Chick peas contain a lot of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B3 and vitamin B9, also small amounts of other B vitamins, and vitamin E.

Nutritional characteristics of chickpeas

cooked chickpeas

Photo of cooked chickpeas

  • Being a vegetable food, Chickpeas have little water.
  • They give us a lot of energy in the form of calories, which help us to maintain our vitality.
  • Chickpeas contain little fat, but of high quality and with many health benefits.
  • They have a high protein content.
  • They are very rich in carbohydrates, especially starches.

    Dry chickpeas

    Dry raw chickpeas

  • They posses a very high fiber content.
  • They help us to remove toxins from our body, because they contain potassium.
  • They contribute our brain to function properly, because they contain phosphorus. In addition, together with calcium, they maintain the balance of the formation of strong bones.
  • Because of its magnesium content, they help the contraction and relaxation of muscles.
  • Because of its iron content, they aid to prevent anemia.
  • Because their manganese content, they help us keep our brain in proper state, and they protect us from respiratory infections.
  • Because of their content in B vitamins, particularly vitamin B3 and vitamin B9, they get energy from fat, They provide us with proteins and carbohydrates to grow properly and to maintain our defenses in good condition.
  • They protect our skin and help us keep it healthy, because they contain vitamin A.
  • They aid us to recover form cold and help us heal our wounds, because they contain vitamin C.
  • They protect us from the toxins and aging, because of their content in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium and zinc.

    Chickpeas drawing

    Drawing of peas (More food drawings)

Chickpeas in the kitchen

How to cook chickpeas?

Some recipes

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

25 June, 2021

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