Bengal Gram, also better known as dark brown peas or chana, is widely regarded as an important pulse, owing to its nutritional properties. It contains a good amount of iron, sodium and selenium in addition to small doses of manganese, copper and zinc. A handful of Bengal gram is a very good source of fiber and folic acid.
Chana also has certain medicinal properties. Split bengal gram or chana dal is eaten in almost all the regions across India. Different regions have different delicacies made from this gram. It is highly nutritious, has a rich flavour and aroma, is amazingly delicious and gets easily digested. Some of the main benefits of Bengal gram are listed below.
Bengal gram helps increase the total energy in the body. Bengal gram is the richest source of proteins. It is also packed with minerals like manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and thiamine. Manganese increases your energy levels and also boosts your overall immunity.
Balances blood sugar:
Bengal gram has a low hypoglycaemic index, which makes it good for diabetic patients. It regulates the flow of glucose into the bloodstream maintaining your blood sugar levels. High fiber content along with high proteins and irons also helps in managing the blood sugar level.
Magnesium and folate content in Bengal gram strengthen the blood vessels and lower the bad cholesterol level. Regular consumption of Bengal gram reduces the risk of cardiac complications.
Bengal gram is an extremely rich source of iron. It helps in preventing anaemia. So, people at a high risk of anaemia, women (pregnant, lactating and menstruating) and growing children should include this in their daily meals.
When it comes to bone health Bengal gram can be considered as a superfood. It contains all the minerals in accurate percentages to ensure stronger bones. The Calcium and Phosphate percentage present in chickpeas is ideal for bone health. The Vitamin K helps in better absorption of calcium into the bones.
The high fiber content keeps all kinds of digestive disorders at bay and reduces the risk of bowel complications.