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What Are Chickpeas And Are they Good For You? - FAQs About Chickpeas

Chickpeas are becoming one of the most sought after snacks in the world. People want a healthy alternative to chips, and this plant-based protein snack does the job. Biena takes it one step further by making chickpeas taste good right out of the bag! Biena combines guilt-free snacking with popular flavors such as sea salt, ranch, BBQ and many more! Plus you get high levels of protein and fiber in every serving.

Here at Biena, we thought it would be helpful to answer some commonly asked questions about chickpeas.

What are chickpeas?

The chickpea or chick pea is a legume of the plant family Fabaceae, subfamily Faboideae. The plant is grown for its nutritious seeds. Its seeds are high in protein and fiber. Other names for chickpeas are gram, Bengal gram, garbanzo, garbanzo bean, and Egyptian pea.

What’s the difference between a chickpea and a garbanzo bean?

Nothing! They are different names for the same thing. Both names apply to the delicious beans found in all your favorite Biena snacks.

Are chickpeas good for you?

Chickpeas are a superfood with protein, fiber and nutrients such as calcium, iron and more. Biena chickpeas pack on average 5 grams of protein and 22% of your daily fiber in every serving! Our chickpea varieties are also gluten free with no artificial ingredients or flavors.

Are chickpeas good for weight loss and dieting?

Biena chickpeas are great for weight loss! Chickpeas are a great source of protein and dietary fiber, which are two nutrients that help with weight control. You can add Biena chickpeas to other healthy meals such as salad for an extra burst of flavor.

Are chickpeas a carb or a protein?

Both? Biena chickpeas have on average 5 grams of protein and 18 grams of carbs. Our chickpeas are also low in fat with an average of 4 grams per serving.

What are pulses in food? Is that related to chickpeas?

The term “pulse” refers to the dried seed of a legume. This includes dried peas, edible beans, lentils and, of course, chickpeas!

Do chickpeas make hummus?

Chickpeas are one of the main ingredients in hummus. Hummus is commonly made by mashing chickpeas into a paste with lemon juice, olive oil, and tahini (sesame paste.) While hummus is delicious, Biena Snacks focuses on making yummy, crunchy chickpeas you can eat straight from the bag.

Now that you are a chickpea expert, try one of our many deliciously flavored Chickpea Snacks! 


Sources: Biena, Wikipedia, Livestrong, Healthline