5. Lowers Cholesterol Levels
All beans, including chickpeas, contain nutrients that help lower the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol. In addition, the olive oil contained in hummus is a great source of good fats that candecrease the risk of cardiovascular issues.
6. Helps with Anemia
Tahini and chickpeas are also rich in iron. Iron plays many important roles in the body and a deficiency can result in anaemia. Eating hummus is a great food source of iron to help prevent this.
7. Fights Osteoporosis
Tahini and chickpeas contain high levels of calcium which, as you might already know, is essential for maintaining strong and healthy bones. This is especially important for small children, as well as women age 50 and over who are at a higher risk of osteoporosis.
8. Regulates Blood Sugar Levels
Chickpeas have a low GI (glycemic index), which means they won’t cause a sharp spike or drop in your blood sugar levels. They’re also packed with protein and fiber which slow down the digestion of carbohydrates, as well as healthy fats which slow down the absorption of carbohydrates from the gut. This provides a steadier and slower release of sugar into your bloodstream.
9. It’s High in Antioxidants
Chickpeas and olive oil contain lots of antioxidants which fight harmful free radicals in the body and reduce oxidative stress. Foodsrich in antioxidants may help lower the risk of infections, as well as some forms of cancer. They are also known for their anti-inflammatory properties and may be good for your heart health.
10. Hummus Can Substitute Unhealthy Foods
Hummus can be used instead of some unhealthy ingredients and help you avoid the adverse effects they have on your health. For example, you can use hummus instead of mayonnaise or combine it with some water and use it as a salad dressing. You can also use the beige-coloured emulsion as a healthy substitute for ranch dressing and dip raw vegetables in it.
11. Great for People with Allergies
Whether you’re allergic to dairy, nuts, or gluten, you can eat hummus freely! You can add many different ingredients (fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, etc.) to vary the taste and use it to replace a lot of foods you’re allergic to.
If you’re still not convinced that hummus is one of the best foods on the planet, check out the following recipes that will make your mouth water.