Those who have eaten hummus know it is a wonderfully delicious dip. It’s also a fantastic healthy food that is made with fresh ingredients, including chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), sesame seeds, tahini, fresh lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil. So, what are some of the benefits of this type of healthy eating?
It Regulates Digestion
You can get 50% of your daily fiber from one cup of chickpeas. Getting a sufficient amount of fiber means that you can regulate your digestive track, so this is a great food for anyone who suffers from digestive issues. Additionally, fresh lemon juice seems to be helpful in aiding healthier digestion since it is so rich in Vitamin C.
It’s a Good Source of Antioxidants
This dip contains a significant amount of antioxidants. Extra virgin olive oil is rich in antioxidants, which makes it a healthy food for those dealing with bodily inflammation. Eating plenty of antioxidant rich food might even lead to the preventing of inflammatory diseases like heart disease.
Garlic is also rich in antioxidants. In fact, studies show that garlic works to reduce high cholesterol, prevent heart disease, and reduces the risk of getting dementia later in life. Garlic also works to protect against cell damage from free radicals that get ingested when we inhale oxygen into our bodies.
It Helps to Strengthen Bones
Made from ground sesame seeds, tahini is high in calcium. One tablespoon of tahini constitutes 6% (or 64 mg) of your daily calcium intake. A hummus recipe generally requires somewhere around 1/4 of a cup of tahini. Tahini is also rich in phytoestrogens, which have been shown to strengthen bones and reduce the risk for osteoporosis.
Fresh lemon juice is another ingredient that helps with bone strength. It is rich in Vitamin C, which helps the body absorb calcium. Similarly to tahini, lemon juice has been shown to be effective in helping to prevent osteoporosis.
If you have rampant food allergies or sensitivities, chances are that you will be able to consume this amazing dip without a problem. If you cannot eat gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, nuts and peanuts, or fish and shellfish, don’t worry! You will not find any of those pesky allergens in this food. Although some packaged dip might contain allergens and cross-contaminates, this dip can be made at home with totally allergen-free ingredients, and you will not have to worry about any possible cross-contamination when you prepare it at home.
Additionally, a lot of the foods that can be dipped are also allergy-friendly, such as carrots, cucumbers, black bean chips, and sugar snap peas all taste great when dipped. Also, salsa (which, too, is naturally gluten- and dairy-free) mixes well as a dip.
If you enjoy healthy eating, try making your hummus at home with these fresh ingredients. It’s easy to do, and there are many recipes available online that you can follow. You might find yourself somewhat addicted to this wildly popular and super-healthy scrumptious dip!