Chickpeas, aka garbanzo beans, originate in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Today, everyone everywhere eats them. Why is that, aside from the fact they taste good? Well, they’re high in soluble fiber, which helps lower cholesterol and decreases insulin requirements for people with diabetes. They contain protein, calcium and iron (isn’t that a surprise?) You get nutrition and de-li-tion all for a fair price, even if you don’t cook the beans yourself.