“H”ummus

If “F” is for Flaxseed and “G” is for Ginger then

 

“H” is for Hummus

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What benefit do you get when you eat Hummus?  The health benefit of eating Hummus is pleasantly surprising.

I went to several web sites to see what health benefits are normally found in Hummus.  It is an ancient and simple way of improving your life without pills and prescriptive medicine. You can make it yourself or buy it in a store or order it in a restaurant.  Let’s take a look at the “health benefits of eating Hummus”.

What is Hummus?

Hummus is a mixture of pureed chickpeas (garbanzo beans), lemon juice or vinegar, garlic, tahini (sesame seed butter) and olive oil.  It has become very popular in the USA but it is a creation by the folks in the Middle East Region back during the Roman Empire.  And chickpeas are probably the oldest known cultivated food dating back to the Neolithic age.

I would encourage you to join the band wagon and become a fan of Hummus.  Think of it as the Middle East version of guacamole.

Having the main ingredient chickpeas, the result of a cultivated plant, you would expect Hummus to be healthy.  What are its health benefits?

High Fiber

Chickpeas are legumes also called garbanzo beans and an excellent source of fiber.

Helps keep cholesterol levels low and promotes better heart health.

Helps diabetics regulate blood sugar levels, making hummus a diabetes-friendly snack. Helps promote a healthier digestive tract.

Vitamins and Minerals

Chickpeas have a variety of other nutrients, vitamins and minerals for a healthy body.

Good source of folic acid.

Contains manganese, zinc, magnesium, copper and iron and are rich in protein.

Good amounts of calcium.

Healthy Fats

Olive oil is a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids.

Heart healthy fats help to lower cholesterol levels, promote healthier blood clotting and help manage blood sugar in diabetics.

Filling and Low-Calorie

Because chickpeas are high in fiber they make hummus a snack that fills you up and stays with you. Fiber helps you feel full and stay full.

Hummus is low in calories and fat. A 2 tbsp. serving has about 50 calories and 3 g of fat.

 NO GMO’s scheduled for Chickpeas!!!

From the web site www.gmo-compass.org/eng/database/plants/302.chick_peas.html, field trials in the US and in India have taken place to help make chickpeas resistant to insects but “The commercial utilisation of genetically modified chick peas cannot be expected in the near future.”

How do you make Hummus?

Ingredients:

2 cups canned chickpeas, drained, liquid reserved

(Can use fresh chickpeas, soaked and drained)

1 teaspoon kosher salt

4 garlic cloves, minced

1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste)

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)

2 tablespoons water or liquid from the chickpeas

8 dashes Tabasco sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until the hummus is coarsely pureed. Taste for seasoning and serve chilled or at room temperature.

Sources:

http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/database/plants/302.chick_peas.html

http://voices.yahoo.com/health-benefits-hummus-5935520.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/446490-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-hummus

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/hummus-recipe-and-health-benefits

Gary

About Gary

I am retired, but not tired. I still want to be valuable to others. I know that others are valuable to me. After looking back on six decades, I have asked myself this question: “What do I believe?” My mind filled up. My heart started beating faster. My spirit soared. I post blogs to share what my mind is working on, what my heart believes would help others and, what my spirit is communicating to me. What do I believe, you ask? Decisions dictate your path In love, not hate In tolerance, not prejudice In health, not sickness In wealth, not poverty In kindness, rudeness In happiness, not sadness In encouragement, not discouragement In faith, not doubt In courage, not fear I have been and will be challenged in each one of these beliefs, but the biggest belief is to stay positive and not turn negative. This belief helps me maintain all of the others.

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