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5 Things You Didn't Know About Chickpeas

Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are popular legumes consumed all over the world. Chickpea flour, made from finely ground chickpeas, is a great gluten-free substitute for whole-wheat or all-purpose flour. It’ll give your food a nutty taste and a boost of protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Alexis Olszewski

1 One cup of chickpea flour contains 356 calories, 21 grams of protein, 6 grams of total fat and 53 grams of total carbohydrates, according to the USDA Nutrient Database. It has fewer calories and carbs than either whole-wheat or all-purpose white flour.

2 Chickpea flour has double the amount of protein than whole-wheat flour and six times more than all-purpose flour. It even has more folate than enriched all-purpose flour. It also provides vitamin B-6, iron, magnesium and potassium.

3 Compared to a serving of regular pasta, chickpea pasta has twice the amount of protein, nearly half the net carbs and more than 3 times the fiber.

4 Scientific studies have provided some evidence to support the potential health benefits of chickpeas in lowering risk of various chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

5 Chickpeas are good for the earth! Growing chickpeas makes soil healthier — chickpea crops put nourishing nitrogen back into the land.

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