By Gary, on February 17th, 2013
If “F” is for Flaxseed and “G” is for Ginger then
“H” is for Hummus
What benefit do you get when you eat Hummus? The health benefit of eating Hummus is pleasantly surprising.
I went to several web sites to see what health benefits are normally found in Hummus. It is an ancient and simple way of improving your life without pills and prescriptive medicine. You can make it yourself or buy it in a store or order it in a restaurant. Let’s take a look at the “health benefits of eating Hummus”.
What is Hummus?
Hummus is a mixture of pureed chickpeas (garbanzo beans), lemon juice or vinegar, garlic, tahini (sesame seed butter) and olive oil. It has become very popular in the USA but it is a creation by the folks in the Middle East Region back during the Roman Empire. And chickpeas are probably the oldest known cultivated food dating back to the Neolithic age.
I would encourage you to join the band wagon and become a fan of Hummus. Think of it as the Middle East version of guacamole.
Having the main ingredient chickpeas, the result of a cultivated plant, you would expect Hummus to be healthy. What are its health benefits?
Chickpeas are legumes also called garbanzo beans and an excellent source of fiber.
Helps keep cholesterol levels low and promotes better heart health.
Helps diabetics regulate blood sugar levels, making hummus a diabetes-friendly snack. Helps promote a healthier digestive tract.
Vitamins and Minerals
Chickpeas have a variety of other nutrients, vitamins and minerals for a healthy body.
Good source of folic acid.
Contains manganese, zinc, magnesium, copper and iron and are rich in protein.
Good amounts of calcium.
Olive oil is a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids.
Heart healthy fats help to lower cholesterol levels, promote healthier blood clotting and help manage blood sugar in diabetics.
Filling and Low-Calorie
Because chickpeas are high in fiber they make hummus a snack that fills you up and stays with you. Fiber helps you feel full and stay full.
Hummus is low in calories and fat. A 2 tbsp. serving has about 50 calories and 3 g of fat.
NO GMO’s scheduled for Chickpeas!!!
From the web site www.gmo-compass.org/eng/database/plants/302.chick_peas.html, field trials in the US and in India have taken place to help make chickpeas resistant to insects but “The commercial utilisation of genetically modified chick peas cannot be expected in the near future.”
How do you make Hummus?
2 cups canned chickpeas, drained, liquid reserved
(Can use fresh chickpeas, soaked and drained)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste)
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)
2 tablespoons water or liquid from the chickpeas
8 dashes Tabasco sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until the hummus is coarsely pureed. Taste for seasoning and serve chilled or at room temperature.