While the quest for the origin of hummus is still not known although it is considered to hail from the Middle Eastern countries, it’s versatility as a dip or spread has been known to pleasure the taste buds like no other, and what’s more – it’s healthy for you.
For the people who haven’t tasted this dip, the word ‘hummus’ is nothing but Arabic for the edible legume, chickpea although there are several other ingredients that are added to this delightful paste and which has become popular as a delightful snack.
With the main ingredient being cooked and mashed chickpeas along with Tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic, this dish is used as an appetizer where you use flatbread to scoop it and eat or even in the Middle Eastern snack known as ‘falafel’.
But is this tasty snack good for health, in terms of calories and the nutrients?
For a tablespoon of hummus, the number of calories is about 27 (roughly 200 calories for 100 g) while the nutrients that are present in the chickpeas (the major ingredient) are molybdenum, manganese, folate, dietary fiber, tryptophan, protein, copper, phosphorus and iron.
The ‘Tahini’ (another ingredient) also contains nutrients that are Manganese, Copper and Sodium, and Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Zinc in smaller quantities. Nutrients such as Vitamins C, B6, E and K, Folate and Thiamin are also present in substantial quantities too.
Putting all these nutrients together into one delightful little snack packs a punch when it comes to nutritional content, and so here are some of the health benefits of hummus that should destroy the myth that tasty food isn’t necessarily good for you.
So, if you’re hungry and are looking for a nice little snack, hummus is the way to go!