13 September 2019

Chickpeas

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Chickpeas

Bengal Gram whole also known as Garbanzo bean, Chick pea, and Channa, is one of the important pulses around the world. Bengal gram has good amount of protein, iron, folic acid, Vitamin B6, C, and fiber. Chick peas have a buttery taste and a versatile ingredient in the preparation of Indian and middle east cuisines.

Bengal gram whole has a good content of calcium which is essential for bone health.  As Bengal gram whole is an excellent source of protein, they can serve as meat replacements for vegetarians. The quality of protein in Bengal gram whole is better than any other legume and contains all the essential amino acids except methionine. Being a good source of iron, it helps in fighting anaemia.

They are also a very good source of phytochemicals called saponins, which can act as antioxidants. Saponin also reduces the risk of osteoporosis and breast cancer by maintaining estrogen levels in the blood. They also help us fight mood swings during periods and the symptoms after the menopause. Chick peas should not be consumed raw due to the presence of antinutritional factors. Soaking it for at least 4- 6 hours makes it suitable for cooking while sprouting the channa increases the vitamin C, B complex and better protein availability

Chick peas are available in beige and brown colour. The versatility of nutrients makes channa a crucial food for healthy adults, people with diabetes, hypertension, to lower cholesterol levels and to reduce weight.


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