Chickpea: Benefits, Uses And More - Ayurvedicare


 What Is Chickpea?

The name chickpea is derived from the Latin word cicer, and the scientific name for chickpea is Cicer arietinum, which belongs to the leguminous, Fabaceae family. Chickpeas are also called garbanzo beans in Spanish and is popular name for chickpeas.

These plants produce edible seeds called nutritious legumes.Chickpeas are widely available, either dried or canned. You can sometimes find young, fresh green chickpeas in the farmers market pods.

Chickpea plant
Chickpea plant

The two main varieties of chickpeas are the large, round, bright-colored Kabuli type, which is common in the United States, and the small, dark, irregularly shaped Desi type, which is commonly used in India and the Middle East.

India produces the most chickpeas in the world during this period. Chickpeas are rich in carbohydrates, protein, folic acid, fiber, iron, B vitamins, phosphorus, fatty acid, and minerals. Chickpeas are used in many diets because of their nutritional value.

    1. What is the benefits of chickpea?

    1.improve heart health :

    Chickpea sprouts
    Chickpea sprouts

    The fiber, potassium, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, and selenium contained in chickpeas all support heart health. 
     Chickpea's water-soluble dietary fiber lowers total cholesterol levels in the body and reduces the risk of heart disease. 

    Dietary fiber helps reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol levels. Chickpeas do not contain cholesterol. Chickpeas can help lower LDL cholesterol and can help with heart health.

    2. Improve digestion :

    Chickpea bowl
    Chickpea bowl

    Dietary fiber keeps the digestive tract healthy and promotes regularity and comfort. Chickpeas and other legumes are good sources of dietary fiber.  The nutritional benefits of chickpeas  have been found to be that adding chickpeas to the diet significantly increases fiber intake, helping digestion.

    3. Strengthen your bones :

    Crunchy roasted Chickpea
    Crunchy roasted chickpea

    Chickpeas and other legumes contain calcium, magnesium, fiber and other nutrients for strong bones. However, make sure to soak them first to get rid of what is called phytate, which can interfere with your body's absorption of chickpea calcium.

    4. May keep you feeling full :

    Chickpea salad
    Chickpea salad

    Chickpea protein and fiber help suppress appetite. Protein and dietary fiber work together to slow digestion and promote satiety. In addition, protein can increase the levels of appetite-suppressing hormones in your body. 
     In fact, the satisfying effect of chickpea protein and fiber can automatically reduce your calorie intake.

    5. Cancer risk :

    Roasted Chickpea
    Roasted Chickpea

    Some studies suggest that regular intake of chickpeas may help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. This is because this legume may promote the production of fatty acid, a fatty acid that can reduce inflammation of colon cells and reduce the risk of colon cancer. 
    Chickpeas also provide some vitamins and minerals that may reduce the risk of cancer, including B vitamins that may reduce the risk of breast and lung cancer.

    2.Uses Of Chickpea:

    Chickpea salad
    Chickpea salad

    Chickpeas is used as ingredient in soups, salads and stews. Roasted and ground chickpeas have been used for centuries as a substitute for caffeine-free coffee.Chickpeas(chana) are used to make curry and are one of the most popular vegetarian foods in the Indian subcontinent. 

    Certain types of grist or flour are also made from chickpeas and can be used to make flatbread called socca, or mixed with wheat or other flour and baked.

    Chickpea flour has amazing nutritional benefits, even in soups and sauces, comparable to wheat flour and other gluten-free flours. Great for cookies, cakes and brownies. Maybe chickpea flour used to make traditional recipes gluten-free.

    3.Side Effects Of Chickpea:

    There are some side effects of eating chickpeas:
    Crunchy chickpea
    Crunchy chickpea

    1.Allergic reaction: 

    Some people have an allergic reaction when eating legumes containing chickpeas. Consumption of chickpeas in the case of intolerance can lead to nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and itching of the skin. It is advisable to consult a doctor before consuming chickpeas, as allergic reactions can be severe and sometimes life-threatening.

    2.Gastrointestinal problems:

    Gastrointestinal problems after eating legumes are very common. Raw chickpeas contain toxic substances that are poorly digested. Boiled chickpeas also contain complex sugars, polyols and other substances. These are difficult to digest and may not be completely absorbed through the intestines.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Q.1 Can I eat chickpeas for weight loss ?

    Ans.Chickpeas are rich in protein and fiber, both of which help you lose weight. Dietary fiber keeps you full longer and protein fills your hunger. The fiber content in it also takes care of your digestive system.

    Q.2 Can we eat chana in kidney stones?

    Ans.Don't eat chickpeas, as chana is not good for kidney stones. Chickpeas contain oxalate and are excreted by the kidneys in the urine. When oxalate levels in the body rise, they deposit with calcium in the kidneys, producing calcium oxalate stones, a type of kidney stone. Elevated uric acid levels in the blood may promote the formation of kidney stones.

    Q.3 Can we eat chana in jaundice?

    Ans.Chickpeas (Chana) are good for jaundice, so it's best to eat them when you have jaundice. Chickpeas can cure jaundice because they purify the liver and bile. Just one cup a day makes a big difference.

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