Hummus dip is one of the big health food fads of recent times, and to be sure, there are a lot of reasons to love hummus! Let’s go over the 10 best reasons to enjoy this Middle Eastern dish.
1. Hummus May Help with Weight Management
Some people ask, “How fattening is hummus?” But actually, hummus dip seems to be more likely to make you lose weight than gain it. In studies of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, hummus has been associated with healthy eating. The data suggests that people who eat hummus also eat more fiber, less fat (although more healthy fat), more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, and less sugar than people who do not eat hummus. Studies also show that people who eat hummus are over 53% less likely to be obese than people who do not.
While these numbers may have more to do with correlation than causation (i.e. the sort of person who eats healthily is the sort of person who also eats hummus, not necessarily that hummus causes healthy eating), there are nonetheless some nutrients in hummus that may directly help you lose weight, because . . .
2. Hummus Dip is Rich in Fiber
Fiber is an absolutely great thing. Diets that are high in fiber have been linked to lowered cholesterol levels, increased heart health, improved digestive health, healthy blood sugar levels, and an increased ability to lose weight.
Fiber is just another of the reasons to love hummus, because 1 cup of the dip contains 15 grams of fiber (59% of your RDA). While you probably shouldn’t plan on getting all your dietary fiber from hummus (unless you plan on eating hummus by the cup), this is nonetheless much higher than many other dips that you could pick.
3. Hummus Fills You Up
Fiber does a good job of helping you feel full, which can help you to eat less. But a look at the nutrients in hummus reveals that fiber isn’t the only thing in the dip that has this effect. A cup of hummus dip also contains 19 grams of protein. In addition to helping maintain or build muscle, protein is helpful because it also promotes a feeling of fullness. Finally, hummus has a high water content, which is another thing that can help you fill up.
4. Hummus Dip is Low Calorie
A single cup of hummus contains 408 calories. While this may not sound like a low calorie food, it is actually quite spare when compared to other forms of dip you could be using. Ranch dressing contains about 73 calories per tablespoon, or 1,168 calories per cup. Even reduced fat mayonnaise has 769 calories per cup.
5. Hummus Dip Is Easy
Eating healthy can sometimes feel awfully complicated. It’s a real boon when there’s a bona fide health food that is as easy as opening a container and dipping a chunk of carrot into it. You can easily buy a healthy hummus dip pre-made at the store. Also, you can easily find simple hummus recipes and make your own dip by yourself.
6. Hummus Is Versatile
There’s a huge variety of different flavors of hummus, which means that you can eat a lot of the stuff before getting bored. In additional to the “original” flavor, you’re bound to find recipes or brands that add avocado, jalapeno, lime or even curry flavoring to your dip. At many grocery stores, you could buy a new type of hummus every week and go for many months without trying them all.
7. Hummus Makes a Good Dressing Replacement
In addition to being great as a dip for vegetables or pita chips, hummus can make a good sandwich spread. Replacing mayonnaise and similar dressings will not only make your meal lower in calories, it will supply you with the wonderful nutrients in hummus.
8. Hummus Is High in Vitamins and Minerals
The aforementioned cup of hummus will supply you with 33% of your RDA of iron, which makes it helpful for people who are trying to avoid anemia. It contains 51% of your daily folate, which may help to reduce one’s risk of pancreatic and other cancers. Hummus is also a good source of thiamin, vitamin B6, manganese, copper, zinc, magnesium and phosphorous.
9. Hummus Is Safe for Many Food Allergies
When you have a food allergy (or especially if you have several), it can sometimes be hard to find food you can eat. Thankfully, hummus is dairy free, nut free and gluten free.
10. Hummus Is Delicious
If all of the health benefits themselves weren’t enough, hummus dip is easy to love because it’s simply tasty. If you haven’t jumped on the hummus bandwagon yet, give it a try!
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