Chickpeas, Its Nutritional and Medicinal Value and Health Benifits

Chickpeas is an old world pulse. Chickpeas have a lot of other names, including garbanzo beans, Kabuli chana, desi chana, ceci beans, Egyptian peas, and Bengal grams or chola boot. Its a very good source of carbohydrate, protein, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. The fiber present in chickpea slow down the absorption of cholesterol from other foods in the intestine. Additionally, chickpea contains a moderate amount of high quality mono and polyunsaturated fats that helps lower cholesterol level.
The consumption of chickpea helps prevent arteriosclerosis and all of its complications such as heart attack or other cardio vascular disease. Chickpea leaves have a significantly higher mineral content than cabbage and spinach. So many places cooked green chickpea leaves used as vegetable.

Nutritional value :- Per 100gm cooked chickpeas, energy  686 kJ (164 kcal) .Carbohydrate 27.42gm, Protein 8.86gm, Dietary fiber 7.6 gm. Fat 2.59 gm. Vitamin A 1 μg. Thiamine (B1) 0.116 mg. Riboflavin (B2 ). 0.063 mg. Niacin (B3) 0.526 mg. Pantothenic acid (B5)0.286 mg. Vitamin B(6 )0.139 mg. Folate (B9) 172 μg Vitamin C1.3 mg. Vitamin E0.35 mg. Vitamin K4 μg. 

Minerals :- Calcium 49 mg.  Iron 2.89 mg. Magnesium 48 mg. Phosphorus 168 mg. Potassium 291 mg.
Sodium 7 mg. Zinc 1.53 mg.

Health Benefits :- 
* Increases satiety and resulting with weight loss
* High fiber also helps to balance pH levels and bacteria within the gut, increasing  healthy  bacteria while also decreasing unhealthy bacteria. An imbalance in gut flora bacteria is often linked to many different digestive problems.

.* Chickpeas  have protective benefits against cancer, in particular colon cancer, due to their high fiber 
*   Zinc is an essential trace mineral that plays a role in over 100 important enzymatic reactions in the body.

* According to Ayurveda :-The paste made out of the seed is widely used in preventing hair fall and hair related problems. Its paste is applied on the skin specially the face to enhance the shine and glow on the face. It is also used to open the pores and blocked pores.

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