Most vegans and vegetarians eat beans on a daily basis as it’s one of the best sources of vegan proteins. But what a lot of people don’t know is that not all beans are created equally. In fact, garbanzo beans, a.k.a. chickpeas, are one of the most nutritious beans you can enjoy. So before you grab those black beans or kidney beans one more time, you might want to switch over to the garbanzo beans to reap the benefits of these bad boys.
Per one cup of cooked chickpeas:
- 269 calories
- 45 grams of carbohydrates
- 15 grams of protein
- 13 grams of dietary fiber
- 4 grams of fat
- 0 grams cholesterol
- 50% of daily potassium needs
- 84.5% of daily manganese needs
- 70% or more of daily folate needs
- 69% of daily iron needs
- 55% of vitamin B-6
- 57% of magnesium
- less than 20% of additional vitamins as well
While most non-animal sources of protein lack the essential amino acid methionine, and grains lack lysine, combine whole grains and chickpeas together and they produce a complete protein that contains all of the essential amino acids. SCORE!