Are roasted chickpeas good for me?

Chickpeas are truly one of nature’s wonder foods. Consumed around the world for centuries in the Mediterranean, Middle East, Africa and India, but often overlooked in western society, chickpeas are one of the oldest foods known to man – and with very good reason. Chickpeas are packed full of amazing nutritious qualities you may not have been aware of, that are certainly worth taking a closer look at.

Chickpeas are a great source of both soluble and dietary fibre, both are very important for maintaining a healthy digestive system.  Soluble fibre may assist with reducing the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream and helps maintain blood sugar levels, which may help to reduce the risk of developing heart disease and also aid in managing diabetes. The dietary fibre in chickpeas and their low glycemic index (GI) may also assist with weight loss by making you feel fuller for longer.

Nutrition Australia recommends males should aim to include 30 grams of fibre in their diets per day and females should aim for 25 grams. Amazingly, just half a cup of cooked chickpeas contains approximately 6.25 grams of dietary fibre.

Chickpeas are also high in protein and iron so they are a brilliant substitute for meat. Protein is essential for the human body to perform the most basic of tasks; we cannot function without it. One cup of cooked chickpeas equates to single serving of protein.

As if that wasn’t enough! Chickpeas are also a great source of folate, antioxidants, B group vitamins, calcium, phosphorous, zinc and magnesium. And let’s not forget that they are low GI, as well as being low in fat and kilojoules, so can assist with weight loss when incorporated into a calorie controlled diet.

Given all of these incredible benefits, it’s clear that Chickpeas provide valuable nutrition to everyone, particularly those who are on vegetarian, gluten-free, heart healthy, calorie controlled and diabetic diets.

Or if you’re simply looking for a quick and easy, healthy snack for you and your family that isn’t laden with saturated fat, sugar and artificial additives, The Happy Snack Company Chic Peas are ideal. Peanut, tree nut, gluten, wheat, dairy and egg free, but definitely not taste free, our Chic Peas are slow roasted to perfection and seasoned with all natural ingredients. Finally, a wholesome snack you can feel good about giving to your family that’s actually delicious. Healthy snacking just got easier.