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What Is Hummus and Is It Healthy?

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The first time I had hummus, I wasn’t sure if I liked it.  But the more of it I tried, the more it grew on me.

What is hummus? Hummus is basically a thick spread (think dip) made from ground chickpeas and sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon, and garlic. You can spread hummus on pita chips, raw veggies, pretzels, crackers and more.  Don’t be scared to get creative. Hummus comes in all types of flavors.  I love any hummus that has lots and lots of garlic in it.  I’ve known people who like to spread hummus on pita bread and then fill with fresh veggies to make a delicious and healthy sandwich.  Which brings us to the next question.

 

Is hummus healthy? According to WebMD, Chickpeas, the main ingredient in hummus, are rich in fiber and protein. They also contain vitamins and minerals such as folic acid (chickpeas tend to be higher in folic acid than other beans), zinc, and magnesium. According to Healthy Eating, one tablespoon of hummus provides you with 6 percent of your daily fiber needs.  Hummus can also lower your risk of heart disease by lowering risk factors such as elevated cholesterol and blood pressure and it also might be able to help reduce the risk of cancer because of the antioxidant activity of chickpeas and garlic.

So, if you’re looking for a delicious and healthy spread, humus would be it! Oh, and I should mention that you can find hummus in virtually every grocery store.

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