Introduction to hummus
Hummus has been increasing in popularity as of late, which is leading people to question whether, it is really healthy or not.
Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip that is make from chickpeas, which are also known as garbanzo beans, and it is blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic in order to become a paste of spread that many people use in many different dishes.
Tahini is a paste that is made out of sesame seeds, and it looks a little like peanut butter, and it is also very popular on its own as a dip in the Middle East.
People usually eat hummus on pita bread. Of course, it is delicious, that is why people all over the world have become fans of this great dip, but the question is, is it healthy?
Health benefits of hummusIt is important to note that the nutritional value of hummus you will find in the store is no where near as high as when you make fresh hummus on your own.
Compared to fresh hummus, the commercial variety usually has twice the calories, so it is better to make your own at home or go to a restaurant that you know makes fresh hummus every day.
Recent studies show, in fact, that the commercial hummus is a completely different beast than the kind that is made fresh.
The store-bought hummus has about 350 calories per serving, 65 percent of which comes from fat.
Homemade hummus only has about 175 calories per serving.
Now that we understand that it is much healthier to eat fresh hummus, let’s see why it is healthy.
Chickpeas are a very rich source of complex carbohydrates and proteins. Hummus will not raise glucose levels and it will make you feel full rather quickly, which is another plus, especially for people who are watching their weight.
Hummus is also a very good dish for vegans to eat, because it will provide a lot of the protein that a person who does not eat meat is missing out on.
Hummus also is rich in folic acid, which is good for pregnant women because it has been known to prevent birth defects.
Hummus also contains a lot of tryptophan, phenylalanine and tyrosine, which can help a person get a good night’s sleep and relax them, especially people who live hectic and stressful lives.
Hummus is great because it is both health and filling. It can be used in many dishes and it can make simple dishes tastier. If you are on a diet, eating hummus instead of bread is a very good idea.
Also, if you are looking for a very healthy and tasty snack, try dipping some fresh vegetables in hummus, you won’t be disappointed.