Hummus Benefits: 5 Reasons to Add this Food To Your Snack Arsenal
Hummus is a tasty fan-favorite as a dip and spread, but did you know that there is a wealth of nutritional value for those who partake in a Hummus snack?
The Hummus and Chickpeas Relationship
Hummus is a by-product of chickpeas and despite not previously being a popular food in the United States, hummus consumption in the United States has been increasing over the last ten years.
Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are rich in protein, making them appealing as a protein alternative to meat for vegetarians who choose this legume as a substitute for meat.
Chickpeas contain a high level iron which can aid in one's quest to increase their energy levels. This characteristic also makes hummus especially beneficial to
those who are anemic –particularly for menstruating and pregnant women.
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Hummus offers a variety of health benefits
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Hummus not only boosts energy, but it serves to improve health in other ways including:
- Aids in digestion
- Improves cholesterol
- Controls blood Sugar
- Reduces the cancer risks
- Helps with weight loss
Hummus is Aids in Digestion and Reduces Risk of Cancer
Hummus is great addition to your diet and can enhance the function of your digestive system. Hummus offers you another way to add fiber into your diet. Fiber not only improves regularity but for those who struggle with hunger, it can help to promote the feeling of fullness. Additionally, adequate fiber intake can help to reduce the risk for colorectal cancer.
Hummus Improves Cholesterol
Since hummus contains soluble and insoluble dietary fiber, it also supports the removal of bad cholesterol from the body. So, what's the importance of a soluble fiber vs. an insoluble fiber? Who cares? Studies have shown that eating legumes and beans such as chickpeas that are used to make hummus aid in reducing LDL (unhealthy cholesterol) by 5%.
Hummus can aid in reducing unhealthy cholesterol levels
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Hummus can aid in maintaining a low glycemic index
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Hummus Helps to Control Blood Sugar
Hummus aids in controlling blood sugar. This low glycemic index attributes to the fiber available through chickpea consumption. Studies further testify to the fact that consistent consumption of legumes like chickpeas helps to lower and control blood sugar in those who have diabetes.
Hummus and Weight Loss
For those looking for yet another way to improve their weight loss efforts, they might consider adding hummus to their meal plan. Hummus is a satisfying snack, and thanks to it's fiber levels, hummus assists in helping one to fill full. The key to eating hummus is to do so in moderation and to partner it with veggies instead of chips or even pita chips. Keep your snack healthy!
How to Prepare Hummus
Hummus can be eaten in a variety of ways including as a spread on bread or crackers (instead of cream cheese).
Hummus is easily accessible in the grocery store and is typically found in the deli or produce section. However, if you would prefer a more homemade option, you can also prepare your own hummus.
14 oz can chickpeas, drained
1 garlic clove crushed
2 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs tahini paste
1 tsp Cumin
4 tbs of olive oil
Rinse chickpeas well under running water and put in a blender or food processor. Add oil oil, garlic, tahini paste, lemon juice and cumin and process. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend it together.
Hummus can be served with warm pita bread or crackers.