All proteins are not created equal. Chickpeas not only are a good source of protein but also amazingly contain eight of the nine essential amino acids our bodies need. We believe chickpeas are a future generation crop for our planet, farmers, families and kids.
Chickpea is a legume originated in Middle East from where it expanded to all the Mediterranean Basin and India. Greeks, Egyptians and Romans discovered its great nutritional value and included it in their daily diet. What makes chickpeas unique?
100 gm of chickpeas typically provide following Recommended Dietary allowance (RDA)
Chickpea is a rain-fed crop and, it does not require large amounts of water. It improves soil structure and enriches it by fixing nitrogen. This favors crop rotation, contributing in this way to a more sustainable model of agriculture.
Its nutritional characteristics together with its high productivity and low water requirements make chickpea a great alternative to corn or nuts.
Chickpeas are the dry edible seeds of plants in the legume family. In understandable terms, they are a category of superfoods and they are incredible healthy pulses.
Protein-packed: Pulses contain up to 9 grams of protein per 1/2 cup cooked serving – twice the protein of quinoa and unlike many protein-rich foods, they are low in fat.
Beneficial for disease prevention: Pulses have been shown to improve blood sugar control and reduce blood cholesterol and blood pressure, thus reducing the risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.
Good for dietary restrictions: Being Nut Free, Gluten Free and vegetarian makes them a good option for people with special diets, allergies or sensitivities.
Nutrients galore: Pulses deliver high levels of potassium, magnesium, zinc, B vitamins and iron. One serving of black beans has 1.5 times the amount of iron as flank steak, plus three times the folate (an essential 8 vitamin) of kale, and as much potassium as a banana. Even more, red kidney beans are loaded with more antioxidants than blueberries or pomegranate juice.
High in Fiber: Pulses are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber, helping with staying regular, losing weight, and feeling fuller longer.
Smart Source of Folate: Pulses are excellent sources of folate, a B vitamin important during pregnancy to reduce the risk for neural tube birth defects. Folate is also essential to brain development and function.