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Chickpeas are high in protein and dietary fiber, are a good source of potassium, vitamin C and folate, and are cholesterol free. The minerals such as iron, calcium, and zinc present in chickpeas contribute to maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Due to their high-fiber content, they also help prevent constipation and promote a healthy digestive tract. You could add chickpeas to salads, or even curries.
Mung beans are an excellent source of protein, fiber, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Sprouted mung beans tossed with tomatoes and cucumbers make a healthy snack.
With almost 9 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber per cooked serving, lentils are slightly higher in protein and fiber than black beans and chickpeas. The folate content present in lentils helps prevent neural tube defects in women, aids in the formation of red blood cells and in maintaining homocysteine levels, which keeps hypertension in check. Adding lentils to soups, casseroles and meat sauces to add extra texture and flavor as well as lower their fat level.
Rich source of fiber and calcium, the Greek giant beans are ideal for traditional recipes.