Chickpea beans originated in the Middle East, the region of the world whose varied food cultures still heavily relies on this high protein legume. Chickpea beans were grown by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans and were very popular among these cultures. During the 16th century, they were brought to other subtropical regions of the world by Spanish and Portuguese explorers and as well by the Indians trader’s. Chickpeas are also known as Garbanzo beans, the Latin American name for chickpeas.
Chickpeas are a good source of cholesterol-lowering fibre, as are most other beans. In addition to lowering cholesterol, his high fibre content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal. When combined with whole grains such as rice, they provide virtually fat-free high quality protein meal. But this is far from all they have to offer.
In addition to providing slow burning complex carbohydrates, Chickpeas can increase your energy by helping to replenish your iron stores. Iron is an integral component of haemoglobin, which transports oxygen from the lungs to all body cells, and is also part of key enzyme systems for energy production and metabolism. They are also an excellent source of the trace mineral manganese, which is an essential cofactor in the energy production and in our antioxidant defence.
The delicious nutlike taste and buttery texture of quatro folhas® chickpeas provides a good source of protein, low in calories and virtually fat-free that can be enjoyed all year round; they can be purchased either dried or canned.