Hummus is a popular Middle Eastern dip made with a few humble ingredients - chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, sesame seeds and salt. Besides being full of flavour and criminally addictive, it is very nutritious too. Here are four reasons why you should be eating more of it (apart from the fact that it tastes so good!), as reported by huffingtonpost.com -
* The nutrients in hummus could help you with weight management: Nutritionist Peggy Kotsopoulos says that since hummus is so rich in protein, it can help fight hunger cravings and balance blood sugar levels. This could help curb excessive snacking.
* Chickpeas can lower cholesterol: In a study done by Jane Pittaway, an Australian lecturer in Health and Biomedical Science at the University of Tasmania's School of Human Life Sciences, a group of people aged between 30 and 70 and not in the best of health ate chickpeas every day for three years. She had a second group of people supply their daily fiber intake through wheat products like bread and cereal. The results showed that when both groups consumed the same amount of fiber, those on the chickpea diet consumed less fat and had a small reduction in cholesterol.
* Chickpeas may help reduce cancer risk: Food items that contain folate may reduce the risk of colorectal cancers (like colon cancer). What's more? Researchers believe dietary fiber helps promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon, which is also protective against cancer.
* It's a much better spread to use on bread: If you are trying to find healthier ways to continue to eat your (not so healthy) foods, hummus can be your saviour. Instead of the typical cream cheese or mayonnaise, try hummus. A simple, speedy and satisfying solution for those lazy days. Nothing like fresh, homemade hummus, make it once and it lasts for a couple of days.