Chickpeas' 8 Surprising Health Benefits

Protein Rich

Protein is usually associated with meat and dairy. One cup of chickpeas has more protein than three eggs. Deborah Malkoff-Cohen, RD, agrees.

Maintains Regular

Chickpeas, of course, are high in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Chickpeas provide nearly half the daily fiber recommendation in one cup. Stock up to avoid GI tract blockages.

Stress-free, better sleep

Lauren McAlister, Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Wellness Specialist at Mindbody & ClassPass, believes magnesium in chickpeas helps with sleep, stress, and hormone balance.


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Extends satiety

Feeling hungry? "Chickpeas are an excellent source of plant-based protein and fiber, which promote satiety and weight management," says nutritionist Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN.

Aids pregnancy

The perfect pregnancy snack is air-fried chickpeas after a prenatal. Celebrity Chef and Certified Nutritionist Serena Poon recommends folate for neural tube development. 

Aids Digestion

Nutritionist and Unity Chef Emily Peck thinks chickpeas help digestion. “Soluble and insoluble fiber help regulate gut health.”Moderation matters. 

Improves Skin

Garbanzo beans glow? Yes, please! Poon claims chickpeas provide vital fatty acids that improve skin health. They include beta carotene (3% RDI).