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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Nutritional Benefits of Chickpeas for Weight Loss


Nutritional Benefits of Chickpeas for Weight Loss:

Chickpeas are pulses that belong to the family of Legume plants.
Chickpeas are popularly known as Garbanjo beans in the Unites States of
America. It is also called as Kabuli Chana in several countries and the
chickpeas are very popular food item in Asian Countries including
India. Chickpeas have good delicious nutty taste. Wide variety of
dishes and recipes like chana masala and curried chole etc… in
India, and falafels, hummus in Asia are prepared with chickpeas.

Chickpeas nutritional data include; it contains high content of
proteins and it is one of good source of the proteins for vegetarians.
It is enriched with iron, copper, molybdenum, phosphorous, manganese,
potassium, folates, tryptophan, antioxidants and good content of
dietary fiber. Chickpeas contain less fats and low in calories content.
Just one and half cup of semi cooked chickpeas provides as much as 134
calories of energy.

As per the recommendation of USDA guidelines, men with active work need
3000 calories while men with sedentary work need 2200 calories per day
and 2400 calories for women with active work while women with inactive
life style need 1800 calories per day. One and half cup of chickpeas
provides as much as twenty two grams of energy and seven grams of
protein and compensate with twenty five percent of iron, and thirty five
per cent of folates for daily requirement. The good source of fiber in
chickpeas are filling the stomach due to the absorption of water and
sending the signals to the nervous system that you became full with diet
and controls appetite. The dietary fiber releases the hormone called as
cholecystokinin that controls hunger, helps in digestive function,
improves metabolic activity and repress hunger as per the results of
study published by American Clinical Journal of Nutrition.


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