By EJ Linehan
Many of us already know the things we need to do in order to lose and/or manage our weight: Monitor portion sizes, eat fruits & vegetables, exercise, and consume lean proteins. But one thing that many of us severely lack on a daily basis, which is important to achieving and maintaining a smaller waistline, is eating the right amount of fiber.
According to WebMD, Americans only consume half the fiber they need each day. How much fiber should you be eating? WebMD states women under 50-years-old should be consuming 25g of fiber per day, while men should be even higher with 38g of fiber daily. If you’re struggling to hit your fiber goals, all you have to do is add 1-2 cups (or several serving sizes) of Biena Chickpea Snacks to your daily diet! To put that into further context, it would take nearly two servings of berries or broccoli to achieve the grams of fiber found in a single serving of Biena Chickpeas.
What exactly is fiber anyway?
The easiest definition of dietary fiber to understand comes from WebMD. “It's a carbohydrate found in plant foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Unlike other carbs, it isn’t easily digested by your body, so it passes quickly through your system without causing your blood sugar to rise.”
Fiber makes you feel fuller longer while proving your digestive track with things it needs such as short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), including acetic, propionic, and butyric acid. These SCFAs provide fuel to the cells that line your intestinal wall. The kind of fiber found in chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, also helps lower your risk of colon problems such as colon cancer.
Something to note is that chickpeas are part of the legume family. And a study conducted by Spanish researchers discovered that people whose diets include four weekly servings of legumes lost more weight and improved their cholesterol verse those who didn’t. So not only do chickpeas provide essential fiber, they contribute to other areas of your wellness thanks to their high protein levels. The macronutrients of carbs, protein, and healthy fat also keep blood sugar levels steady. These are just a few of the reasons popular and trusted food websites recommend chickpeas as one of the top foods you should eat.
Some people shy away from chickpeas because of the time-consuming prep and roasting process. Well, Biena Snacks takes all the hassle out of preparing chickpeas by doing the roasting for you! Plus, we offer a variety of familiar flavors such as Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate which can be eaten alone or mixed into salads, yogurts, and even ice cream!
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