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Chickpeas - Cicer Arietinum - Kabuli Channa


Chickpeas, sometimes referred to as Garbanzo beans or chana in India, are a type of legume that is rich in protein, fiber, and complex carbs. They are nutrient-dense, which means they contain a lot of beneficial elements yet have few calories. A legume with a nutty flavor, chickpeas are a staple in many international cuisines. Fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals abound in chickpeas. Chickpeas offer even more advantages in terms of health. They protect against type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer, and they are good for the heart, helping to decrease cholesterol.

Synonyms of Chickpeas

  • White Chick Peas
  • Chole
  • Cicer Arietinum
  • Kabuli Channa
  • Bengal Gram

Nutritional Facts of Chickpeas

1 cup of Chickpeas contains:

Calories: 210
Fiber: 9.6g
Carbohydrates: 35g
Sugars: 6g
Fat: 3.8g
Protein: 10.7g

Phytochemical Constituents of Chickpeas

  • Hydroxybenzoic phenolic compounds
  • Vanillic acid
  • P-hydroxybenzoic
  • Protocatechuic
  • Trans-ferulic acid,
  • Cis, and trans-p-coumaric acid

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Therapeutic Uses of Chickpeas

  • Digestion

Soluble fiber found in chickpeas readily combines with water in your body to create a helpful gel-like shape for your digestive system. Consuming chickpeas will lessen your risk of developing irritable bowel syndrome, colon cancer, and other gastrointestinal conditions. Consuming chickpeas will increase your bowel movements frequency and consistency if you suffer from constipation.


  • Lower Chance of Chronic Illness

A diet including chickpeas will make it easier to manage chronic illnesses. Magnesium and potassium, which are found in chickpeas, help to protect the heart and lower blood pressure.


  • Prevent Iron Deficiency

Iron is a vital mineral that is needed in our body. It aids in the delivery of oxygen to the entire body by red blood cells. Weakness and fatigue may be brought on by an iron shortage in the body. An amazing origin of iron is chickpeas. Thus it helps to prevent iron deficiency.


  • Beneficial for cardiovascular health

Chickpeas are naturally free of cholesterol and low in salt. Additionally, they have abundant polyunsaturated fats, which cut cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease by helping to control them.


  • Gluten-Free

Gluten sensitivity develops in those who have celiac disease, which may make dietary decisions hard. However, chickpeas are a suitable alternative because they are believed to be naturally gluten-free.

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Home Remedies Chickpeas

  • Energy Booster

To keep you energized, copper and iron are two minerals that operate as a fantastic team. and both these minerals are present in chickpeas. Copper is necessary for iron to combine with RBCs and prevent anemia. Copper, however, helps you feel fuller for longer by transferring energy from vehicles to cells.


  • Acne

Chickpeas can lessen acne and stop any breakouts. Chickpea contains a healthy amount of magnesium and zinc. These two minerals have the potential to treat acne. To get rid of acne Combine chickpea flour and turmeric and add water to the ingredients to make a paste. After it Applies, then wait 10 to 20 minutes before removing it. 

Ayurvedic Aspects of Chickpeas

A fantastic source of protein is chickpeas. It’s interesting to note that relying on how they are prepared, chickpeas have varying effects on the body. By Ayurveda, Kabuli chana balances the three doshas – Vata, Kapha, and Pitta.

According to it, Chana is dry in character, easy to digest, and causes constipation. It has an astringent flavor and Shita Virya, or cold potency. It efficiently balances the pitta and Kapha doshas, but it also boosts the vata dosha and is advised for people who have issues with blood-related disorders and high body temperatures.


Daily Dose: Up to 1/4 cup of chickpeas daily is enough recommended by experts.

Side Effects of Chickpeas

  • Allergy

Chickpeas and other legumes can cause allergies in certain people. If you are allergic to chickpeas, eating them could cause nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, and itching of the skin.  Allergic reactions to chickpeas can be severe so it is advised to see a health expert before eating them.


  • Kidney stones 

Oxalates, which are found in chickpeas, are excreted by the kidneys in the urine. When this oxalate level increases it gets deposits in the kidney and gives rise to a specific form of kidney stone. The growth of kidney stones may be facilitated by the rise in blood uric acid levels.


  1. Chickpeas, canned, drained, rinsed. GoodData Central. U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  2. http://www.orientjchem.org/vol32no5/phytochemical-properties-of-processed-chickpea-varieties-of-haryana-india/#:~:text=in%202006%20stated%20that%20chickpea,and%20trans%20p%2Dcoumaric%20acid.

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist

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