APART from tasting great in salads, stews and hummus, chickpeas – or garbanzo beans are low in saturated fat , cholesterol and sodium and are a great source of dietary fibre, protein and copper. Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, belong to the legume family along with lentils and peas.
Studies have shown that eating more legumes can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. They are also an excellent source of folate and manganese. Garbanzo beans are a great way to add fibre to your diet. One cup contains a respectable 12.5g which puts them in the same league as lentils which have 16g per cup.
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Heart Healthy Cooking
This chickpea recipe is one of my favourites and is full of flavour along with plenty of fibre and packed with essential nutrients.