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Monday, October 25, 2010


Remember my post a while back about my love affair with hummus? Well, I'm on another hummus kick, so I decided to find out what exactly is in garbanzo beans/chick peas. I'm sure it's the combination of everything in the hummus that give it its appeal, but I'm also just as sure that this craving of mine has a lot to do with my body needing something that's in the beans themselves. Here is what I found out (see the link for all the details, including graphs):

Garbanzo Beans/Chick Peas are -
  • Low in saturated fat (2% Daily Value)
  • Very low in cholesterol (0% DV)
  • Very low in sodium (0% DV)--assuming we don't add a lot of salt to them
  • High in fiber (of course) (50% DV)
  • High in iron (26% DV)
  • Have a glycemic load of only 17--the total target per day is 100
  • Good source of protein (15 g per serving)
  • Good source of copper
  • Very good source of folate, the natural form of folic acid (70.5% DV)
  • Very good source of manganese (84.5 % DV)
  • Have an amino acid score of 106--a score of 100 or higher indicates a complete or high-quality protein
So, really, what's not to love about garbanzos?


carolyn said...

I know that I love them! Delicious!

Kyle, Amy, and Joshua said...

I LOVE them in soup, on salads, make my own hummus too, and just snacking on them with a little olive oil over the top. Nice to know they're so good for me too. At least I have one good habit! :)

Brandi M said...

I just bought hummus last week... It was delicious. It's good to know that they're so healthful! Thanks for the info :)

Carolyn Miller said...

Great now I want hummus right now! :)

Liz said...

I love hummus! I've been looking for a tasty-sounding recipe for a while and, as soon as I replace the cracked carafe-thingy of my food processor, I'm going to give it a try!


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