Kala Chana is a type of legume loaded with nutrients such as protein, fibre and carbohydrates. It is an incredible source of vitamins like B6, C, folate, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin and minerals including manganese, phosphorus, iron and copper. The wealth of nutrients in Kala Chana is beneficial in boosting the immune system, promote muscle mass, regulates diabetes and enhance hair, skin and nail health.
It higher fibre content in the desi variety of kala chana has lower glycemic index. The soluble fiber in black chickpeas binds the bile acids and prevents it from being absorbed by the body, thus reducing cholesterol levels. Daily consumption of around 3/4 cup of chickpeas helps to decrease LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol triglycerides.
The carbohydrates in kala chana are digested slowly, which reduces the blood sugar levels. This contributes to insulin resistance, thereby reducing the risk of getting type-2 diabetes.
As a rich source of iron, kala chana can prevent anaemia and boost your energy levels. This is particularly beneficial for pregnant and lactating women as well as growing children. Iron plays an important role in the formation of hemoglobin which helps transport oxygen from the lungs to all body cells.
Ideal protein source for vegetarians when had in combination with whole grain or whole wheat protein. They also are devoid of high calories and saturated fats.