Also called chickpeas, the wild garbanzo bean variety ripens in winter, while the domesticated form ripens for summer harvest. Domesticated garbanzos contain twice as much tryptophan, an amino acid linked to higher amounts of serotonin in the brain. Chickpea plants feature black, green, red and brown beans. Garbanzos are very common in Middle Easter and Indian dishes such as hummus, curries, and falafels.
- increase satiety levels, leading to weight loss
- help to stabilize digestion
- improve insulin output control and function, a superfood for diabetics
- regular consumption has been linked to healthy colon cell function