Over the last two years, hummus has reached a peak of popularity, at least in the United States. A quite easy meal to prepare, hummus is a simple dip of chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Plus, it’s far more beneficial for your health than you can imagine.
- Improves digestion
Abounding in fiber, hummus is efficient in keeping your digestive tract regular. It’s an effective and tasty way to get more fiber into your diet and fiber per se has other health benefits like helping to prevent heart disease.
- Improves bone, muscle, skin, and blood health
Hummus is also abundant in protein, which on the other hand is vital for bone, muscle, skin, and blood health. You can get this from meat but if you are a vegetarian, hummus is a great substitute. Plus, both chickpeas and tahini (hummus main ingredients) also contain calcium, which helps contribute to good bone health. This is especially important for women who are reaching their golden years as their bones need calcium to avoid osteoporosis.
- Reduces cholesterol
Hummus is made from chickpeas, commonly known as garbanzo beans, and beans in general contain nutrients that can lower cholesterol levels. Of course, if avoiding heart disease is a high priority, you may want to make your own at home because grocery store brands tend to be high in sodium!
- Prevents cancer
Another common health benefit of beans is their cancer preventing properties. Beans contain three compounds, saponins, protease inhibitors, and phytic acid that have shown in tests to guard cells from the kind of damage that can cause cancer.
- Stimulates weight loss
Hummus is traditionally made with sesame seed butter (called tahini) which contains a reasonable quantity of monounsaturated fats. Among other health benefits these have, they also help promote weight loss and reduce belly fat. This is because monounsaturated fat is a popular substitute for trans fats and polyunsaturated fats which cause weight gain and increases in belly fat.
- Alleviates anemia
Chickpeas and tahini are also good sources of iron which helps supply red blood cells with oxygen. When you have a deficiency in iron, you get can anemia and thus consuming things rich in iron will help relieve that deficiency.
- Substitutes unhealthy foods
Except for its great health benefits, hummus can also help you stay away from the negative health effects of other foods. For instance, you can use hummus as a substitute for mayo which is basically just eggs and fat. You can also mix it with broth or water until it’s thin enough to be used as salad dressing. You can even use it as a dip for raw veggies instead of ranch dressing. Hummus is a healthier alternative to those things.
- Balances blood sugar levels
Thanks to its high content of protein which helps you feel fuller for longer, you can eat hummus to help control your blood sugar levels. Obviously, this doesn’t make it a cure but every little bit helps. You can also use this effect to fight food cravings and help yourself lose even more weight!
- Abundant in antioxidants
It doesn’t take a doctor to know that antioxidants are good for you and chickpeas are packed with them. High antioxidant intake helps reduce the oxidant damage done in our bodies. While there is no specific thing it prevents or helps in, it just contributes overall to good health.
- Efficient with allergies
Hummus is gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free. If you have those allergies then you’ll be happy to know that hummus is something you can eat freely. Since it can be changed into so many different flavors, you can use this to replace a lot of stuff that you may be allergic to and thus reduce the risk of allergic reactions.
If this wasn’t convincing enough for you to turn to hummus, you should see all the things that you can make with it. Once you create the base hummus, you can add fruits, veggies, herbs, spices, and whatever you want really to alter the taste to fit whatever you’re having. That means you have plenty of options to incorporate hummus into your diet.