My favourite dip of all time is the Hummus. The simple but enchanting yet very versatile dip of chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini flavoured with salt, garlic or paprika or cumin has had me under a spell since the day I first made it. I use daily for breakfast with my bread, as a spread for my children’s sandwiches, and my barbecue is never complete without Hummus. The grilled meats taste so much better with it.
This savoury dip is just irresistible. And don’t worry you are not alone if you just can’t stop dipping pita in hummus. I eat Hummus every single day.
In my quest to improve the health of my family by improving the food we ate, I have researched extensively. It is in this research that I came across the benefits of Hummus. I thought I share some of the insights I have gained with you
1. The nutrients in hummus help with weight management
Hummus being rich in proteins helps to fight hunger cravings and balance blood sugar levels. This reduces the need for snacking. The iron in Hummus helps prevent anemia, which is a disorder characterized by low red blood cell counts, iron deficiency and fatigue. It helps to boost energy levels making it easier to keep up and going the whole day.
2. Hummus helps to lower cholesterol.
There are numerous research studies done that show that consuming hummus (because of the chickpeas and tahini) on a regular basis helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels.
3. Hummus may help to reduce cancer risk.
Research also show that foods that contain folate may reduce risk of colorectal cancers (like colon cancer). Further chickpeas being rich in dietary fiber help to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in gut adding addition protection against cancer. There is vast research on gut bacteria and our health. I will be writing more on that later.
4. Hummus (with Tahini) is rich in minerals and vitamins.
Hummus is a great way to obtain B vitamins like thiamine, along with minerals, including magnesium, copper, phosphorus, manganese, iron and zinc. B vitamins are essential for metabolic functions, dealing with stress, hormonal imbalance and many cognitive processes. Hummus can also help you get your daily copper — which is needed to maintain nerve, bone and metabolic health — and prevent copper deficiency.
5. Eating hummus improves heart health, skin health, balances hormones and improves nutrition absorption
Research shows that olive oil, olives, sesame seeds (tahini) and the chickpeas help to reduce heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease. They also improves skin health, balance hormones and increases absorption of nutrients from the diet.
6. Hummus is versatile and tasty- it can be used with bread, or in salads or even with crisps.
If you are trying to find healthier ways to continue to eat your (not so healthy) foods, hummus can be your savior. Instead of the typical cream cheese or mayonnaise in your salads and sandwiches use Hummus. It is delicious and healthy. In your meals replace your chutneys with Hummus – you definitely save on sugar.
Happy and healthy eating is easy!