Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, have been cultivated for over 7,000 years and continue to be a source of protein for people around the world. Dried chickpeas are inexpensive, versatile and are easily incorporated into a healthy diet.
A 1/4 cup serving of dried chickpeas -- a little more than 1/2 cup cooked -- provides 182 calories. This assumes the chickpeas have been boiled in water without added fat or other ingredients.
A 1/4 cup serving of dried chickpeas contains 30 g of carbohydrates, 9 g of which are due to fiber. Dried chickpeas are also a good source of protein, with 10 g of this nutrient per 1/4-cup serving. You'll also get 3 g of fat per serving.
Vitamins and Minerals
Chickpeas have a respectable amount of vitamins and minerals. A 1/4-cup serving of dried chickpeas provides almost 25 percent of the daily recommendation for zinc, 15 percent of the daily recommendation for iron and healthy amounts of calcium, magnesium and B vitamins. They also provide your diet with a boost of micronutrients such as selenium, copper and manganese.