Chickpeas or Cicer arietinum are favorites of many people around the world. They have a somewhat nutty and delicious taste, which is why many people often mistake them for nuts. Same reason why most people seek online assistance to find out whether chickpeas are legumes or nuts.
Chickpeas are legumes. They are not nuts. But what makes them a legume? Chickpea belongs to the family Fabaceae. And by the definition of legumes, they are fruits or seeds of plants from the botanical family Fabaceae. As with other legumes, the chickpea seeds or pulses are borne in pods.
Legumes are known for their high fiber and protein content. They also contain significant amounts of carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins. Like most other plant-based foods, they contain no cholesterol. Nuts on the other hand, are fruits made up of inedible hard shell which contains a seed that is generally edible.
Are chickpeas carbs or protein?
After learning about the classification of chickpeas, you might want to know whether they are carbs or protein. Chickpeas are both rich in carbohydrates and proteins. Carbohydrates are present in about 27% of cooked, mature chickpea seeds, while proteins are contained in close to 9% of cooked chickpeas. All these amounts are significant values for both nutrients.
The amount of carbohydrates it provides is not significant when it comes to the daily value for this nutrient. For you to reach your daily carbohydrate intake only through chickpea intake, you will have to consume at least 6 cups, which I think is not possible. Besides, you definitely have to watch your portion, as these legumes are significantly nutrient-dense.
On the other hand, the protein content it provides in just a 100 gram serving of cooked chickpeas can cover close to 20% of the daily requirement for this mineral.
You might want to take a look at some of the articles I have written on chickpeas below:
- The nutritional value and health benefits of chickpeas
- Are chickpeas fattening or can they help with weight loss?
- How much fiber is in chickpeas? Benefits of high fiber foods