Chickpeas for gastritis and ulcer

Can you eat chickpeas in case of ulcer or gastritis?


Are chickpeas hard to digest and are they contraindicated for gastritis?

Chickpeas can be consumed in the diet for gastritis or for stomach ulcer, but it is important to eat them properly so they are not indigestible.

Legumes should be taken in rations slightly lower than usual, and it will be very important that they have a long pre-soak and a long cooking, that is , you should eat the legumes very cooked.

Vegetarians with ulcers

The following recommendations are even more important for people who follow a vegetarian diet, who should especially care for the dietary protein intake as they are a basic nutrient for regenerating damaged or ulcerated skin of the stomach.

Why can chickpeas be indigestible?

Like all legumes, chickpeas contain a number of components that make it difficult to digest called antinutrients. The function of these substances is to protect the grains until the moment of their germination. These can be removed with a long soak.

cooked chickpeas

Soak the chickpeas, the longer the better

Advantages of soaking the legumes

Soaking the chickpeas causes different components of the seeds to react and these are prepared for germination. During this process many substances of defense of the legumes, the antinutrients are eliminated.

Approximately chickpeas should soak overnight and at room temperature (the longer the better). During that time, sometimes all the water is drunk, then you have to add more.

If chickpeas are soaked for more than 15 hours and then cooked until soft, they can be consumed perfectly in the diet for gastritis or ulcer.

How to improve the digestion of chickpeas?

  • It is recommended that people with gastritis or ulcers consume chickpeas in less than normal amounts.
  • It is preferable to consume them crushed: in the form of hummus, vegetable burgers or crushed in a cream of vegetables, since that way digestion will be better because the crushing facilitates the contact of the food with the digestive enzymes.
  • If the chickpeas are not chewed enough, they will be very flatulent foods.

Cook chickpeas in low-fat

Fat slows the gastric emptying and hinders the digestive process. There are many recipes that cook chickpeas with plenty of animal fats, such as sausages and other processed meats.

It is not convenient to consume them in this way, since it entails a much slower digestion. In addition the processed meats are very rich in salt and inflammatory, aggravating the state of digestive health.

Add herbs and spices to chickpeas

It is recommended to accompany the legumes of digestive herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano, cumin, turmeric, mint, fennel, and others that are not spicy.

What happens if raw chickpeas are eaten?

Eating hard or under cooked chickpeas, little cooked chickpea meal or recipes that use raw chickpeas (such as falafel) will be difficult to digest. This is because the chickpeas contain substances called trypsin inhibitors.

These antinutrients prevent the digestion of food in the intestine by the enzyme trypsin (this enzyme is present in pancreatic juices).

Is it painful to eat chickpeas?

In case of strong or frequent discomfort when consuming these foods, it is recommended to consult with a physician

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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

11 December, 2021

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