I talk to a lot of people about the awesomeness of Dee’s Cereal. It’s what I do. Over the years, I’ve heard all sorts of comments and fielded too many questions to number. Invariably, though, the weirdest looks come when I tell people that Dee’s Cereal has garbanzo beans. It may sound weird, but garbanzo beans are one of the reasons Dee’s Cereal has helped so many people.
Check out these nutrition facts found at to see for yourself. (Chickpeas is just another name for garbanzo beans)
You can see there that garbanzo beans are well-balanced in macronutrients (carbs, fats and protein). Recommendations vary on what that balance should be but 68% carbohydrates, 14% fat and 18% protein is a great balance for a healthy diet.
Garbanzo beans are also one of the best protein sources found in the plant world. Along with quinoa and amaranth, garbanzo beans are one of the reasons you are able to get such great protein from Dee’s Cereal. The best part is that Dee’s Cereal provides the great protein you would normally have to find in meat without adding all the extra solid fats.
The “Amino Acid Score” tells how well-balanced the essential amino acids are in a food. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein; they are what protein is made up of. Essential amino acids are the amino acids our body needs but can’t produce on its own. There are 9 of them and the only way we can get them is by eating foods that contain them. The body can only use essential amino acids proportionately. For example, if a food contains 100% of 8 of the amino acids but only has 50% of the 9th, then the body can only use 50% of the essential amino acids found in that food.
A score of 106 shows that the amino acids in the protein derived from chickpeas has a complete amount of each essential amino acid. This is what is meant by a food being a “complete protein”. This is one of the best reasons for including garbanzo beans in a food like Dee’s Cereal. That protein balance helps the body get the nutrients it needs. It also makes it so the feeling of being full lasts longer because there is a better balance between carbs, proteins and fats. This is one reason why eating Dee’s Cereal keeps you full longer than eating oatmeal or boxed cereals.
Garbanzo beans also help in maintaining your energy when you eat Dee’s Cereal because they are high in dietary fiber. Fiber is basically everything in plants that our body can’t absorb. This means that when we eat fiber, we give the body something to clean its insides with as it works through the digestive system. It also gives us the feeling of being full that lasts longer than when we eat refined grains or sugars. It has also been shown to help balance blood sugar and reduce the chance of developing Type 2 diabetes.
If you scroll to the bottom of thepage I linked to above you can see more of the amazingness found in garbanzo beans. They are a good source of folate and manganese, a decent source of copper, iron and phosphorous, as well as containing other minerals and vitamins in a low-fat food.
So, yeah, it may sound funny to have garbanzo beans in your cereal but thank goodness they’re in there. They are one of the fantastic ingredients that make Dee’s Cereal such a unique, nutritious and delicious meal.
And, yes, awesomeness and amazingness are words…at least they are now.