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Chickpeas glycemic index (GI)

Article author photo Victoria Mazmanyan by Victoria Mazmanyan | Last updated on August 14, 2023
Medically reviewed by Jack Yacoubian Article author photo Jack  Yacoubian

The glycemic index of Chickpeas

Like most legumes, chickpeas can be made into a variety of foods, with different textures, tastes, and, naturally, nutritional values.

Based on The International Tables of Glycemic Index report, chickpeas in cooked form (boiled) from the Philipines have a low glycemic index of 10. Chickpeas from Canada have a GI of 33 or 36±5, depending on growing conditions. Dried and boiled chickpeas from Canada have a GI of 31.

Hummus salad dip made from chickpeas has a GI of 6±4. However, branded Australian hummus has a GI of up to 22±5.

A South Asian dish made with chickpeas, called Bengal gram dal, has a GI of 11.

Chickpea flour is another common use of this legume. Chickpea flour bread from Australia, made from extruded chickpea flour, has a GI of 67. Chickpea flour bread, made from a different cultivar, Amethyst-type desi chickpeas, has a GI of 55.

According to Harvard Health Publishing, chickpeas’ GI ranges around 28±9 (2).

In all studies, chickpeas are a low glycemic index food.

Consuming chickpeas alongside rice-based or high glycemic index foods reduces the glycemic response of these foods and regulates blood glucose levels. Chickpeas are important to be added to the diets of diabetics because they will prevent glucose spikes and overall reduce diabetes complications (3)(4).

Research has shown that chickpeas significantly improve insulin resistance and prevent postprandial hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia induced by a chronic high-fat diet. This means that chickpeas may be beneficial for correcting dyslipidemia and preventing diabetes (5).


  2. Glycemic index for 60+ foods
  5. Dietary chickpeas reverse visceral adiposity, dyslipidaemia and insulin resistance
Article author photo Victoria Mazmanyan
Education: General Medicine at YSMU
Last updated: August 14, 2023
Medically reviewed by Jack Yacoubian

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