Chickpea flour, also known as gram, besan, or garbanzo bean flour, has been a staple in Indian cooking for centuries. Chickpeas are versatile legumes with a mild, nutty taste, and chickpea flour is typically made from a variety called Bengal grams.
- Chickpeas contain antioxidants and may help fight free radicals.
- Chickpea flour has 25% fewer calories than white flour, making it less energy dense.
- Chickpea flour may decrease hunger by regulating the hunger hormone ghrelin. Still, more research is needed to explore this effect.
- Chickpea flour is a low-GI food that has a gradual effect on blood sugar.
- Chickpea flour is high in fiber, which may help improve blood fat levels. It also contains a type of fiber called resistant starch, which has been linked to several health benefits.
- Chickpea flour is higher in protein than wheat flour, which may help decrease hunger and increase the number of calories you burn.
- Chickpea flour is a great substitute for wheat flour, as it acts similarly during cooking.