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Chickpeas Help With Weight Loss

How Chickpeas Can Help You Lose Weight

While there is no magic weight loss pill, the common chickpea seems to come close — at least as a natural diet supplement.

Nutritionist Julie Upton calls these beans a multitasking food for dieters. Chickpeas help keep hunger in check because they offer a significant source of fiber, are chock full slow-to-digest protein to keep you feeling full longer, and can keep your carbohydrate cravings in check by maintaining stable blood sugar levels.

And there's science to back this up. According to a study published in the journal Appetite, regularly eating chickpeas helped keep dieters on track. Study participants, who ate a half cup of chickpeas containing 6 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein daily, consumed fewer calories from high fat, low fiber foods; but once they stopped eating the beans, the participants began to snack more on less healthy fare.

Our advice: go gonzo for garbanzo beans, especially at snack time. No matter if you're craving savory or sweet, we have a few recipes to recommend:

Savory

Sweet

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Spartygirl03 Spartygirl03 5 years
Thanks for the tip. I just chose kidney beans of chickpeas yesterday. Next time I'll grab the chickpeas!
chloe-bella chloe-bella 5 years
I use them mostly in hummus and vegan chili.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 5 years
I just had some for lunch.
2muchtv 2muchtv 5 years
Worst news ever (for me)! My family, all of whom need to lose weight, have been cutting back on it because of me (food-triggered EIA, fun). The first Indian dish I ever learned to make is mainly chick peas (chole/channa). Sauté some onions, garlic, and salt until it softens, then add tomato sauce, chili, turmeric, garam masala, and a couple of cans of chick peas until they're soft, serve with warmed pita bread. My super market has been selling shelled green garbanzo beans, which you eat similarly to unshelled edamame (but you don't have to cook it), and they're amazing. I'm not sure if it's the same thing or a cousin of it, but black channa (kala channa) is used in bhel and chaat puri. Then there's the wonderfulness of besan (ground chick pea flour aka gram flour). Use them to make fritters (bajia if you'd like to google some recipes), add them to spinach or radish greens stir-fry with some water, or tomato subji with sev (stir fry some tomatoes, then add lots of water, chili, salt, turmeric, cumin, stick some sev -- besan noodles -- on top to cook it). There's also pudla (besan omelette, think pancake, but with besan instead of flour, but I think of it as the equivalent of an egg omelette instead, for some reason). There's also the snacks you can make it with: khaman (steamed cakes), khandvi (thin steamed sheets that are rolled and served with a mustard in oil topping), gaathia (large deep fried noodles), and fafda (you'll have to google image this one, I'm not sure how to describe it). There's also boondi laddoo (a sweet made from tiny balls of besan). Apparently, you can also make sweet rotli/vedmi/puran puri with besan also, but my mom never taught me that one, since she likes it with toor dal. Yea, so us trying to cut back, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
miss-malone miss-malone 5 years
Yes! Love these, I eat them almost everyday. I like to put them with quinoa or whole wheat couscous, and different types of veggies... :feedme:
snarkypants snarkypants 5 years
i've never met a chickpea recipe i didn't like. except for that one time i attempted to make falafel and ended up with blackened chickpea balls
ellbeecee ellbeecee 5 years
Roasted! (toss with a little olive oil, garlic and whatever spices you like. 425ish for 30ish minutes, until golden). Hummus Plain on a salad As part of bean salad (like this http://www.profhacker.com/2010/03/03/whats-for-lunch-bean-salad/) Or just about anyway! :-)
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
Falafel! Otherwise chickpeas and chorizo are a match made in heaven and they are great for soups; kidney beans are my preferred 'use-straight-out-of-the-can' bean for salads etc
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
Ohhh my I love them so much! I eat them without anything on them at all!
kastarte2 kastarte2 5 years
Hummus!
kastarte2 kastarte2 5 years
Hummus!
kurniakasih kurniakasih 5 years
My family loves this recipe: espinacas con garbanzos (aka spinach and chickpeas LOL). We make it without the fried bread crumbs, it's light meal and VERY good (recipe that I found was from smitten kitchen, btw). My son can eat this thing for days.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 5 years
My family loves this recipe: espinacas con garbanzos (aka spinach and chickpeas LOL).We make it without the fried bread crumbs, it's light meal and VERY good (recipe that I found was from smitten kitchen, btw). My son can eat this thing for days.
Peggasus Peggasus 5 years
I mash some up and add them to my tuna or salmon burgers along with the other ingredients (the kids never know they're there!), and I also love them baked with spices as a salty snack when I'm trying not to eat chips!
Chelsea25 Chelsea25 5 years
I like them mashed with hummus on the side or if im in the mood for something sweet, mashed with a roasted sweet potato and a drizzle of olive oil. yummy
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I like them on salads or straight out of the can. They're so yummy!
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