Health Highlight: Hummus
First off, what is Hummus? Hummus is a paste or spread made with chickpeas, olive oil and tahini or sesame paste. It has been quite popular in Middle Eastern countries like Greece, Turkey, Syria and Israel since ages. Attributing to its appealing flavor and superb health factor, over the time hummus has found its place amongst the latest food trends and has gained popularity in western countries and all over the globe.
Hummus offers a number of different nutritional, vitamin and mineral benefits. As a healthy fat, hummus makes a perfect dip or alternative to condiments such as ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard or high fat dressings.
Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can help keep your brain healthy, provide nourishment to your cells and help keep your heart healthy. The fiber from the chickpeas helps you stay full, as well as aids in your digestion.
Hummus helps regulate blood sugar levels and being a complex carbohydrate, does not get digested and hence slows down the release of sugar in the body. This helps in keeping a check on diabetes. The American diabetes association also recommends the use of hummus as a part of diabetes meal plan.
In addition hummus is great for digestive health, healthy muscles and has even been found to work against the growth of various cancer cells due to the presence of various healthy components such as phytic acid and saponins in chickpeas. Chickpeas are high in fiber which helps keep harmful toxins from binding with the colon lining and flushes them from the body reducing the risk of colon cancer and also contains healthful components such as isoflavones and phytoestrogens that aid in reducing the risk of lung cancer.