Besides their most popular performance as the pureed base of hummus, chickpeas play a leading role in a host of delicious dishes. Not to mention they provide so many powerful nutrients. One cup of cooked garbanzos contains 71% of the daily-recommended value of folate and 50 % of fiber. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), fiber is imperative for digestive health and may help decrease risk for colorectal cancer. If you’re buying canned chickpeas, be sure to drain and rinse them thoroughly to remove excess salt.