Chickpeas

Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, originated in the Middle East and have been cultivated for over five thousand years, eventually spreading from the Mediterranean to India and Ethiopia. They are a good source of protein, iron, copper, and zinc. Additionally, chickpeas contribute to a healthy heart because of significant levels of fibre, magnesium and folate. Folate helps prevent heart disease by lowering blood levels of an amino acid called homocysteine which becomes a risk factor for heart attack, stroke or peripheral vascular disease when present in elevated levels. It is estimated that if everyone consumed 100% of the daily value of folate, the number of heart attacks suffered by Americans each year would drop by 10%.

Garbanzo beans are also an excellent source of molybdenum, an integral component of the enzyme sulfite oxidase, which is required by the body to detoxify sulfites, a preservative found in wine, preserved meats, salad-bar salads and other processed foods. Maybe put some hummus on your ham sandwich then.