Can't get enough of this delightfully creamy dip? We hear you! Here's 6 great reasons to keep indulging your hummus cravings.
This Middle Eastern staple has scooped, dolloped and squeezed its way on to our tables. It's a firm favourite on any grazing board and on the side of... well, basically everything! A simple hummus is a delicious blend of chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil, but can also be whipped into a vast array of scrummy flavours (our personal fave being our healthy harissa hummus).
When we tuck into a big dollop of hummus, our gut is grateful too! Hummus boasts high protein, high fibre and a wealth of nutrients and health benefits.
Here are our 6 favourite health benefits of hummus:
1. Nutrient dense
Hummus is super nutritious, containing a huge array of vitamins and minerals! It's packed with calcium and manganese which are fantastic for bone health, magnesium for healthy brain function, as well as being a great source of iron which is essential to make hemoglobin for your red blood cells to carry oxygen around the body and help prevent anemia.
2. Good for your gut!
Hummus is a fantastic source of fibre which our gut microbiota thrives on. Chickpeas can promote the growth of beneficial bacteria, and the fibre in hummus can be converted by gut bacteria into a short-chain fatty acid which benefits colon health too! Plus you can thank the fibre in hummus for keeping your digestive tract regular.
3. Anti-inflammatory properties
Chickpeas and tahini can help reduce markers of inflammation, whilst olive oil contains powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties.
4. Helps to control blood sugar levels
Chickpeas have a low glycemic index meaning that they are digested slowly, preventing a sudden spike in blood sugars. Hummus is also rich in protein, 'healthy fats' and resistant starch which slows down the absorption of carbohydrates so that the sugar is released into the blood stream at a slower, more controlled rate.
5. High in quality, complete plant protein
Hummus is high in protein which is essential for healthy muscles, but also bones, skin and blood! Chickpeas and tahini combine perfectly to create a complete source of plant based protein.
6. It can help reduce your risk of heart disease
Hummus contains heart-healthy ingredients, such as chickpeas and olive oil, which can help to reduce 'bad' LDL cholesterol levels.
Bonus 7th benefit..
It tastes bloody lush!
As with anything, making it at home is a great option to help reduce the levels of oil and salt that can be found in supermarket versions- all you need is a food processor and you're good to get blending.
What are you waiting for? Slather that sourdough with a thick layer of creamy hummus and enjoy!
By Rebecca Tonks
Rebecca is one of the Nourish Bud co-founders, lover of all things sweet... and savory for that matter. Rebecca is soon to be super-mum to her 'bud' in the oven. Running a business with a newborn? Challenge accepted!