Facebook Twitter Email Print Expert Advice Are chickpeas considered a healthy food to eat? Answer Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans are a very healthy food. They are part of the legume family which counts as a vegetable and protein food. Chickpeas are loaded with fiber needed for a healthy heart and gut. They are also an excellent source of folate and good source of iron which are both important for cellular health. Chickpeas are a very low-fat food and only 130 calories for one-half cup. They make a great addition to any meal or snack and are also great as the main protein in a meal. Try chickpeas in Fiesta Hummus, Slow Cooker Chicken Orzo & Garbanzo Beans, or Tasty Tots.