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The healing power of chickpeas

  1. Chickpeas are native to North Africa. In the Mediterranean, chickpeas are widely consumed because they are a popular legume. Chickpeas are available in dried form and pre-cooked in a can. When dried they have a longer shelf life and contain more nutrients. Chickpeas have a great taste, children love them too.

Falafel and humus

  1. Chickpeas are the basis for falafel. These are fried balls of chickpea dough. It is a delicious and super healthy food that falls into the legume category. Falafel is a very suitable meat substitute for the vegetarian diet. Chickpeas are also used as the basis for humus. Humus also contains a bit of tahini or sesame seed paste

Cooking time chickpea

  1. Chickpeas are soaked for about 6 to 8 hours. The cooking time of chickpeas is 20 minutes. If you don't pre-soak them, you can also cook them in 25-30 minutes. Then they are done enough to eat. Don't take an hour or an hour and a half like some cookbooks say. Then they are no longer as tasty and nutritious. You can then puree them to make humus or falafel dough. Chickpeas take as long to cook as brown rice

Nutritional value chickpea

  1. Chickpeas contain minerals. 100 grams of chickpeas is enough for the Recommended Daily Amount of molybdenum. Furthermore, there is a lot of manganese, copper, phosphorus and iron in the chickpea. This round legume also contains the amino acid tryptophan. Furthermore, it contains a lot of fiber and proteins

Polyphenols in chickpeas

  1. In the field of polyphenols, the chickpea is well represented. It contains various phenolic acids such as: ferulic acid, chlorogenic acid, coffee acid and vanilic acid. In addition, it contains the anthocyanidins delphinidin, cyanidin and petunidin. These are all antioxidants

Good for diabetes

  1. Chickpeas are very good for keeping blood sugar levels stable. Because it contains a lot of fiber, digestion will proceed very gradually and at a natural pace, so that fewer high peaks and deep dips in the blood sugar values ​​are measured. Scientific research has shown that this positive effect is partly due to the fact that the joint polyphenols in chickpeas increase the effectiveness of insulin. This is an important benefit for everyone, but especially for type 2 diabetes

Chickpeas against obesity

  1. Chickpeas don't have very many calories. They quickly make you feel full. As a result, you no longer feel like eating. The snacking tendency is getting smaller. In this way the chickpeas work well against obesity

Phytoestrogens in chickpeas

  1. Chickpeas contain phytoestrogens. These are bio-identical hormones that work slightly weaker than the body's own estrogens. Postmenopausal women produce less estrogens, so taking phytoestrogens can help prevent brittle bones, osteoporosis, breast cancer and hot flushes. This hormone that resides in the chickpea provides a natural remedy for menopausal complaints.

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