What is hummus and is it good for you?

category: Health

For years I used to hate the idea of eating hummus primarily due to the texture and look. Recently, however, I watched my daughter delve into a small tub of hummus with such enthusiasm I wondered what the attraction was. As part of my attempt to eat something a little more healthy and change my diet and lifestyle choices, I decided to re-try it and reinvestigate the attraction it seems to have for so many.

Hummus is a dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil. It is a popular food in the Middle East and Mediterranean regions and has gained popularity in other parts of the world as well. 

One of the main benefits of hummus is its nutritional content. Chickpeas, the main ingredient in hummus, is a rich source of protein, fiber, and several vitamins and minerals, including folate, iron, and zinc. Tahini, another key ingredient, is also a good source of protein and healthy fats.

Hummus is also a great alternative to other dips and spreads that may be high in saturated fats and calories. It is low in saturated fats and is a good source of healthy unsaturated fats that can help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.

 plate full of hummus

In addition to its nutritional benefits, hummus is also easy to make and can be a versatile addition to many meals. It can be used as a dip for vegetables, crackers, and bread, or as a spread for sandwiches and wraps, and can also be a great option for those with dietary restrictions as it is vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

Hummus is a delicious and nutritious food that offers many health benefits. Its high protein and fiber content, as well as its healthy fat profile, make it a great addition to any diet. So, the next time you're looking for a healthy snack or spread, give hummus a try!

A plate with chillies and hummus and chickpeas

Why not make your own:

Absolutely, here's a recipe for making hummus at home:


- 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

- 1/4 cup tahini

- 2 tablespoons lemon juice

- 1 clove garlic, minced

- 2 tablespoons olive oil

- 1/4 teaspoon salt

- 2-4 tablespoons water, as needed


1. In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and salt. 

2. Process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. 

3. Gradually add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the hummus reaches your desired consistency. 

4. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. 

5. Serve with vegetables, pita bread, crackers, or use as a spread on sandwiches and wraps. 

Enjoy your homemade hummus!

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