Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans or ceci, have a creamy texture and nutty taste.

Widely used in the Middle East, Mediterranean and India, chickpeas are the starring ingredient in dishes such as hummus, falafel, dals and curries.

In addition to providing a good source of vegetarian protein, chickpeas are also high in fiber and nutrients including vitamin B6, folate and magnesium. Recent research shows that chickpeas are especially important to help keep blood sugar stable.

Glycemic Index=28
Glycemic Load=8
Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=847

Selecting and Storing Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans

Chickpeas are available dried or canned, as well as in packaged ready-made Indian foods and in "flour" form. Store dried chickpeas in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place. They will keep for up to 12 months. Cooked chickpeas will keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to three days in a covered container.

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About The Author

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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