GH Seal Spotlight: Goya Low-Sodium Chickpeas

Stefani Sassos, MS, RDN, CSO, CDN
Photo credit: goya

From Good Housekeeping


Goya Low-Sodium Chickpeas are a shelf-stable, convenient, and affordable way to add wholesome nutrients to your diet with little effort.

WHY IT EARNED THE GH SEAL

With a slightly nutty taste and buttery texture, chickpeas make a great vegan protein boost to add to any meal.

  1. HEART HEALTHY Sitosterol, a plant sterol in chickpeas, has a similar structure to cholesterol in the body and interferes with the body's absorption of cholesterol. Sitosterol, in addition to the healthy fiber found in chickpeas, can have favorable effects on cholesterol and blood lipid levels. Plus this vegetarian staple is low in sodium, contains no cholesterol, and is naturally gluten-free.
  2. POWERFUL PROTEIN Just a half cup of Goya's Low-Sodium Chickpeas has 6 grams of high-quality plant-based protein. They are also a good source of fiber, iron, and potassium. Pair these chickpeas with whole grains such as brown rice or quinoa to get a complete protein source with all of the essential amino acids.
  3. AMAZINGLY AFFORDABLE Canned foods are the ultimate staple and come at a very affordable price-point. Canned chickpeas in particular, unlike many canned vegetables, retain a lot of their nutritional value so you're getting the maximum bang for your buck.
  4. VERSATILE KITCHEN STAPLE This shelf-stable option is great to keep on hand and comes in handy when you need a meal in minutes. Pro tip from the GH Nutrition Lab: Drain the chickpeas and reserve some of the liquid (known as "aquafaba"). Aquafaba can be added to recipes unwhipped as an egg binder, such as in vegan baked goods!

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