Also known as chickpeas, garbanzo beans originated in the Middle East, the region of the world whose cultures heavily rely on this high protein legume. The first record of garbanzo beans being consumed dates back about seven thousand years. They were first cultivated in the Middle East around 3000 BC. 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 provide fuel to the cells that line your intestinal wall. The fiber from garbanzo beans helps supports the energy needs of your intestine.
It is recommended that you consume 1–2 cups of legumes per day, at least 4 days per week, to help lower your risk of colon problems, including your risk of colon cancer.
Garbanzo beans also contain more concentrated supplies of antioxidant phytonutrients. The mineral manganese - a key antioxidant in the energy-producing mitochondria found inside most cells - is also provided in excellent amounts by garbanzo beans.
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