Chickpeas vs Peanuts: which are better for you?

Peanuts and chickpeas are well-known sources of plant-based proteins. We all know about the importance of protein…it’s the building block of life! Every cell in the human body contains protein and your body uses it to repair tissue. It’s also used to keep bones and muscles strong (Grr!). When it comes to the peanut and the chickpea, which one packs more of a protein punch? Let’s find out!

Peanuts

If you are ever in need of a filling snack, you can always count on peanuts to munch on! Crunchy and delicious, they are packed with heart-healthy fats (WAY more unsaturated fats than saturated ones) AND are low in carbohydrates.

In addition to protein, peanuts are filled with other goodies your body will love! Just a handful provides the daily recommended levels of many minerals and vitamins.

NUTRITION FACTS (per cup):

Fiber: 12g

Protein: 38g

Saturated Fat: 10g

Calories: 828

Did you know?

Peanuts are not actually nuts! They're legumes, and are related to beans!

Chickpeas

Chickpeas have been around for over 7,000 years and are one of the most popular crops in the world today! Toss them in salads or saute them in some oil, there is no doubt that they are versatile and nutritious.

Also called garbanzo beans, chickpeas help control blood sugar levels, help digestion (thanks to the high fiber content), aaand help curb food cravings. Talk about a win, win, WIN!

NUTRITION FACTS (per cup):

Fiber: 35g

Protein: 39g

Saturated Fat: 1g

Calories: 729

THE VERDICT

Ding, ding, ding! The mighty chickpea is crowned the winner! Although both peanuts and chickpeas pack almost equal amounts of protein, chickpeas are lower in saturated fat, higher in fiber, and lower in calories. Woo-hoo!