10 Nov 2012

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Sheryl Goldstein
Sheryl is the founder of The No Gluten Solution: Feeding Family and Friends, which is the culmination of her talents, skills, and her personal desire to develop an effortless style of cooking good food, making her guests comfortable, and always having an excuse for a dinner party.


The Cheeky Chickpea

Garbanzos beans, also known as chickpeas are a food you definitely want to keep on your “digestive support” list—especially if you are focusing on the colon. Eating a gluten-free diet, it is difficult to make sure we get enought fiber and nutrients in our diet. This legume is a great source of protein, fiber and phytonutrients and is healthy and naturally gluten-free.

Between 65-75% of the fiber found in garbanzo beans is insoluble fiber, and this type of fiber remains undigested all the way down to the final segment of your large intestine (colon). Recent studies have shown that garbanzo bean fiber can be metabolized by bacteria in the colon to produce relatively large amounts of short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), including acetic, propionic, and butyric acid. These SCFAs provide fuel to the cells that line your intestinal wall. By supporting the energy needs of our intestinal cells, the SCFAs made from garbanzo fibers can help lower your risk of colon problems, including your risk of colon cancer.

This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein and Copper, and a very good source of Folate and Manganese.  If you are buying them already prepared in the can, (I do it,) make sure to use organic only.  The organic are firmer, sweeter and less starchy.  Do your own taste taste and see for yourself.

I will be sharing chickpea/garbanzo recipes with you in the next few weeks so you can discover the many ways to use them in your cooking as well as feeling better while eating great food.

Read More http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4326/2#ixzz2BqRLsuKn


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