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Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Lonely Little Chickpea Packs a Powerful Punch -- Said To Have Cancer Prevention Effects!

He's not very handsome or sexy. Maybe that's why he has so many aliases, like garbanzo beans or hummus. But the lonely little chickpea has a lot to offer anyone who will just give him a chance.

In 2009, hummus, made from pureed chickpeas, lemon juice or vinegar, garlic, sesame seed butter, and olive oil, had sales of more than $300 million dollars. Not bad for a homely little pea.

What's so good about chickpeas?

Chickpeas have tons of health benefits. Chickpeas are rich in fiber and protein, vitamins and minerals, including zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron and folic acid. They can even help prevent cancer, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. Apparently, the chickpea contains several ingredients that protect cells from damage that can lead to cancer. Other benefits claimed for chickpeas include lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of breast cancer in women.

Add chickpeas to your diet plan

Yes, because chickpeas are high in fiber, they will fill you up and make you less hungry. This will help you control your appetite and thus help you lose weight. So chickpeas are great for weight loss and control.

What to do with a chickpea

There are tons of recipes for chickpeas, the most popular of which is hummus. Hummus is considered a Mediterranean dish but is becoming increasing popular in the U.S. And it can be used in many ways, such as a dip for vegetables, a spread for bread, or just add chickpeas to a salad. Chickpeas may not look like much at the supermarket, but the little chickpea can make a big difference in eating healthy.
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