Hummus is quickly becoming a lunch-time staple. It’s customisable, vegan, gluten-free, and tasty, but did you know there are also health benefits of eating hummus?
Next time you’re walking past the hummus in the shop, remember that it’s good for you.
Health benefits of eating hummus
If you haven’t yet given in to the hype like the rest of the world – here are 5 super healthy benefits to eating more of it.
1. It’s a great source of protein
Thinking of going plant-based? Then you’ll want to start getting more hummus into your diet. The dish’s main ingredient – chickpeas – are an excellent alternative to meat, thanks to its high protein content.
Because hummus is also often eaten with bread, the chickpeas and grains together make up a ‘complete protein’ – which means they contain an proportion of all nine of the essential amino acids necessary for the body to create energy.
2. It can protect you from disease
Research has found that chickpeas can help to balance cholesterol levels, reduce hypertension and protect against heart disease. If that wasn’t enough, a bean-rich diet has also been shown to help balance blood sugar levels too.
A 2012 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found diabetics who ate at least a cup of legumes for 3 months as part of their low glycemic index diet improved their glucose tolerance.
3. It alleviates anaemia
Chickpeas are a rich vegetable-based source of iron, with 25% of an adults recommended daily intake in just one cup. These wondrous legumes also contain ample amounts of vitamin C, which aids the absorption of plant-based iron in the blood.
4. It can reduce the risk of blood clots
A 2012 study published in the journal Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica found that certain types of chickpeas were effective at decreasing inflammation in the body.
Chickpeas are also rich in vitamin K and E, two vitamins that have blood thinning properties that naturally help decrease the risk of blood clots.
5. It’s part of the super healthy Mediterranean diet
A study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that about 30% of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people who are at high risk if they switch to the Mediterranean diet. It is rich in chickpeas and beans and yep – you guessed it – magical, delicious hummus.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to toast up some pittas and have a sneaky afternoon snack – your body and your waistline will thank you, although your wallet soon might not.
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