Hummus is the most relishing and popular dish of Middle East. Hummus is consumed as a versatile dip or as a spread on pita bread; however hummus can be used with any type of bread. The main ingredients of hummus are chickpeas and tahini. From the appearance and texture hummus is similar to peanut butter.
People living in Middle East eat hummus in their breakfast; it is a favorite dish in Israel, Turkey, Greece, and Lebanon. The popularity of Hummus has spread all across the globe and many households and restaurants now serve hummus.
Nutritional Value Of Hummus Dip
The main ingredient of hummus is chickpeas, they are also known as Garbanzo beans. The other important ingredient is tahini. Tahini is sesame paste. Both the ingredients form the base of Hummus, however many people may not use tahini because of its strong flavor. Chickpeas are high in proteins and Tahini is high in fats. The other ingredients used in hummus are lemon juice, salt as per taste, grated garlic or garlic paste, paprika and olive oil. Hummus is prepared by mixing all the ingredients in the grinder till it forms smooth paste.
Let us know what the calorie content of one cup of hummus is. Most of the calories come from chickpeas, and tahini, little comes olive oil.
1 cup (250gms) of hummus contains 440 calories.
- Total fat is 21g, saturated fat is 3g, while polyunsaturated fat is 5g, and monounsaturated fat comprises 13g.
- There is no cholesterol in hummus.
- Sodium: it depends on your taste, you can mix as much sodium as you like.
- Carbohydrate: 50g.
- Fibers: 11g.
- Sugar is 0.9g.
- Total protein is 15g.
- Hummus also contains vitamin C from lemon juice, calcium 15%, and iron 25%, it also contains vitamin B6 and manganese.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Hummus?
- Chickpeas in Hummus: Chickpeas are the legumes, they are loaded with proteins. Proteins are considered as body building blocks. They are needed for growth and development of your body. Tryptophan, phenylalanine, tyrosine are the amino acids found in chickpeas and so in hummus. Eating hummus therefore uplifts your mood in the morning and promotes sound sleep at night. Hummus can be a good source of protein in vegetarians.
- Chickpeas have no cholesterol and no saturated fats. A person suffering from hypertension, high lipids and high cholesterol can therefore eat it with relish.
- Tahini in hummus: Tahini is rich in fats and it is full of calories. However, fat present in tahini is mainly unsaturated, means it is not so harmful. Besides, tahini also contains protein and high amount of calcium (useful for bone development and osteoporosis).
- Olive oil in hummus: the oil is low in saturated fat and high in monounsaturated fat. Using olive oil instead of other oils helps to regulate cholesterol, and reduces the risk of heart disease.
- Garlic in hummus: garlic is known to fight against bacteria. It is also reduces cholesterol.
- Lemon juice: vitamin C in lemon juice is useful to enhance the immune system.
- Iron present in hummus: increases the red blood count and irons anemia.