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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Chickpeas / Garbanzo Beans

Even though I am not a picky eater I will skip the beans when I can, but will consume them if I have to. Chickpeas or garbanzo beans as they are commonly referred to, and I am talking about the cream-colored variety, are an exception to the rule; I truly love their nutlike taste.

Chickpeas bring a lot to the table. They are an excellent source for energy, carbohydrates, sugars, dietary fiber, polyunsaturated fat, protein, Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, C, E, K, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, and sodium.

Chickpea (Cicer arietinum).
Also known as garbanzo bean, ceci bean, sanagalu, chana, hummus, and Bengal gram.

They have been consumed for ages. Remains which are 7,500 years old have been found in the Middle East. Cultivation took place already around 3000 BC and that puts them on the list of one of the earliest cultivated vegetables.

Their health benefits are quite impressive too. The fiber in chickpeas helps the function of the digestive tract and lowers the risk of colon cancer and other colon problems.

The antioxidants and soluble fiber they contain reduce the risk of (coronary) heart disease by lowering cholesterol and improving blood sugar regulation. They are also great for weight management, because they make you feel full quicker and reduce your appetite.

All the above are things to keep in mind the next time you are about to fix supper, or when getting groceries. I know; another responsibility added onto your plate. As if you already haven't got enough to think about, take into consideration, and to take care of.

When you feel like life is nothing but a constant labor, stop, and count your blessings. God will never let you go without. He gives to all liberally! :-)

Psalm 21:3
For You meet him with the blessings of goodness; You set a crown of pure gold upon his head.


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