The thing that I like most about beans is that eating them gets my stomach really full, yet they do not add inches to my hips, legs and thighs. They are a healthy, alternative source of the protein and carbs that your body needs minus the fattening components.
Garbanzo beans or chickpeas are commonly cooked in Indian dishes, although they are also incorporated in salads and stews. This member of the legume family is an excellent source of vitamins B6, C and E, and is rich in folate, calcium, dietary fibers, iron and zinc.
These fiber-rich beans help lower your cholesterol level, thus lowering the risks of heart disease. They are also good for your digestive system.
For the super-health conscious, chickpeas are a great alternative to your typical energy bar when working out. Finally, garbanzo beans have antioxidants which help keep a strong immune system.
Preparation of raw beans may be too time consuming, but you do not need to worry since the canned variety offers the same set of health benefits. And you know what the best thing is? They taste great, too.