Choose This Color Chickpea

Medically reviewed in July 2021

Get more nutrition with every bite when you choose chickpeas that are dark in color.

Black, red, purple -- chickpeas come in more colors than basic beige. And a study indicates that dark-hued chickpeas may have as much as 13 times more polyphenols in each serving.

Your True Colors
With 6 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and a scant 140 calories per half-cup serving, chickpeas are a dieter's dream. And not only will you get more polyphenols in the darker varieties, but those extra polyphenols pack 31 times more antioxidant power compared to the lighter colored legumes, research shows. In fact, the antioxidant powers of dark chickpeas power right past those of dried fruit, most nuts, and many other legumes. 

Chickpea du Jour
Chickpeas fit easily into just about any dish. Toss them with cooked greens, onto fresh salads, or into soups, chilis, and stews. Or turn them into a creamy hummus dip.

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