The chickpea or as we are used to calling it in our country - leblebiya, is a native of the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
The culinary virtues of chickpeas are proven and indisputable. A number of dishes can be prepared from it, even coffee. This is understandable - there are a lot of chickpeas. It is no accident that it has been used since ancient times until today.
The most common varieties of chickpeas are irregularly round and beige in color. There are also black, green and red varieties.
Chickpeas contain many useful proteins and fibers. These wonderful nuts are packed with vitamins and minerals.
What are chickpeas good for?
Chickpeas contain phytochemicals called saponins that have strong antioxidant properties. They prevent cancer cells from growing and multiplying.
Folates play an important role in the synthesis of DNA, as well as its recovery and "repair". These folates inhibit the formation of tumor cells caused by DNA mutations.
Chickpeas also contain selenium, which is commonly found in fruits and vegetables. Selenium improves liver function, enzyme secretion and removes some carcinogenic compounds from the body.
The high fiber content in chickpeas is associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer.
He althy Heart
The high fiber content and presence of potassium and vitamin C and B6 contribute to heart he alth.
Chickpeas are also a great source of useful proteins that do not harm the heart and blood vessels, since they are plant-based.
Chickpeas reduce bad cholesterol, which prevents the accumulation of plaque on the vessels.
The high fiber content in chickpeas helps prevent constipation and diarrhea. They balance the intestinal flora and improve digestive function.
He althy Bones
Chickpeas contain iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and vitamin K. All of these are of great importance for the he alth of the bone system.
Chickpeas contain choline, a valuable nutrient that plays a role in good sleep, muscle movement and cognitive function. Choline helps keep cell membranes in good he alth.
In addition, choline helps facilitate the conduction of nerve impulses in the body, which in turn facilitates fat absorption and reduces chronic inflammation.
Again, thanks to the fiber in chickpeas, weight control is easier. The fiber and low glycemic index of chickpeas make them a great part of a weight loss diet.