Why We Should All Be Eating More Hummus
Hummus is a very popular Middle Eastern dip and spread. It is made by blending chickpeas, tahini (ground sesame seeds), olive oil, lemon juice and garlic to form a smooth and delicious mixture. Not only is hummus very tasty, but it is also very good for you and packed with nutrients. Here’s a look at why we should all be eating more hummus.
Hummus is Low GI
Hummus is made from chickpeas which have a low glycemic index (GI) which means it is slowly digested and then absorbed, causing slower and more balanced rise and fall in blood sugar levels. This is a great food to consume if you are trying to manage your blood sugar levels better.
Hummus is Packed with Plant-Based Protein
Hummus is a fantastic source of plant-based protein and provides around 7.9 grams per serving. It makes an excellent option for people who are vegetarian or on a vegan diet as consuming enough protein is essential for growth, recovery and immune function.
Hummus Promotes Weight Loss & Helps You Maintain a Healthy Body Weight
Due to hummus being a great source of dietary fiber and protein, it helps boost levels of fullness and curbs your appetite as well as boosting your metabolism. When eaten as part of a healthy, balanced diet hummus has great properties for maintaining a healthy weight.
Hummus Promotes a Healthy Heart
Hummus contains several ingredients that help reduce the risk of heart disease. Hummus is also a great source of healthy fats from the olive oil.
Hummus is High in Fiber
It’s an excellent source of dietary fiber which is important in improving and maintaining a healthy digestive system. The dietary fiber you get from hummus will help keep you regular and will feed the healthy bacteria that live in your gut.
Hummus is Rich in Ingredients that are Proven to Help Fight Inflammation
Full of ingredients that contain healthy anti-oxidants which help your body fight chronic inflammation caused by illness, injury or infection.
Hummus is Naturally Gluten-, Nut- and Dairy-Free
It’s a food that can be enjoyed by nearly everyone as it is free from gluten, nuts and dairy and won’t affect people with gluten or lactose intolerances or nut allergies.
At Anat we include hummus in most of our dishes and we sell it in our bakery. We know the health benefits and are all for its delicious taste.