Chickpea flour, also known as gram or garbanzo bean flour has been a staple in Indian cooking for centuries.
The Chickpea flour has a fairly neutral, slightly nutty, slightly “bean-y” flavour that lends itself well to both savoury and sweet dishes.
Chickpeas are versatile legumes with a mild, nutty taste, and chickpea flour is typically made from a variety called Bengal grams.
Here are 6 benefits of chickpea flour:
GREAT SOURCE OF FIBER
Chickpeas are an excellent source of dietary fiber, with about 12.5 grams for every one cup of cooked chickpeas. This makes chickpea flour an equally good source, especially when you use it in place of refined flours that have been stripped of nutrients and are very low in fiber.
HELPS IMPROVE HEART HEALTH
High-fiber, nutrient-dense legumes like chickpeas are known to help balance unhealthy cholesterol levels, reduce hypertension and protect against heart disease.
STABILIZES BLOOD SUGAR AND MAY PREVENT DIABETES
Chickpea flour has a form of complex carbohydrate called starch that the body is able to slowly digest and use for energy over time in a much more beneficial way than consuming refined carbohydrates.
CAN HELP WITH WEIGHT LOSS
Foods high in fiber, like chickpeas and other legumes, have a high volume and high nutrient density, yet they’re low in calories – especially when you consider the fact that your body can’t digest carbs from fiber.
LOWERS INFLAMMATION AND IMPROVES IMMUNE FUNCTION
Chickpeas can also benefit the digestive system and improve immunity by counteracting acidity from a poor diet, which balances the body’s pH level. In a more alkaline state, the body is better able to remain in homeostasis, fight inflammation and stop cancer cells from proliferating.
FREE OF GLUTEN AND BENEFICIAL FOR DIGESTION
Because chickpea flour has zero wheat, barley, rye or cross-contaminated oats, it’s totally free from gluten and all grains. Whether or not someone has a true gluten sensitivity or allergy, most people can benefit from avoiding gluten due to its negative effects on the gut, digestion and immune responses.
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