Chickpeas should be part of our weekly diet. First, they’re an excellent source of protein: a cup of chickpeas contains as much protein as a serving of chicken, according to Canada’s Food Guide. The same cup of chickpeas provides us with 8 grams of fiber, a third of our daily needs. Chickpeas provide the body with good complex carbohydrates that provide steady energy for the brain and muscles. That cup of chickpeas provides more potassium for your muscles than a banana, 5 mg of iron for your blood – as much as 4 ounces of beef – and the same amount of folate as 5 cups of spinach.