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Garbanzo beans or chickpeas?

Garbanzo beans and Chickpeas are the same.
Garbanzo beans and chickpeas are the same plant, or specifically, the same legume. The botanical name is’ Cicer arietinum’.
The word“chickpea” is the common name used by English-speaking people while “garbanzo” is used by Spanish-speaking people. In a nation with both languages present, the names might be used interchangeably.

Two types of garbanzo beans or chickpeas are known, the Kabuli and the Desi. The Kabuli means from Kabul. It has a light color with large seeds as well as a smooth coat.
The second type, the Desi (means local or native) is almost the opposite of the Kabuli. It is small, dark with a rough coat.

Chickpeas
Chickpeas

As a versatile legume, it is a staple ingredient in many Middle Eastern and Indian dishes. It is also an excellent source of zinc, folate, protein, and dietary fiber. It also has a good measure of minerals like phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc.

It is a good source of carbohydrates for diabetes and can contribute to better control of blood sugar.

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