Found in nearly 20% of U.S. households, hummus is fast becoming as popular as peanut butter. Hummus comes in many varieties, such as lemon, roasted garlic, roasted pepper, and more. Plus, it has multi-purpose use. It can be used in sandwiches, as a topping for chicken or fish, and is excellent with a baked potato. And it is healthy as well!
Hummus is a complex carbohydrate made of garbanzo beans (chickpeas) that delivers time-released energy without causing blood sugar levels to surge. It is high in protein, which helps to keep you full. Beans and starches require a long time to digest and use the glucose they contain. It appears to stabilize blood sugar levels before the inevitable decline. According to a new study, people with diabetes who ate at least a cup of beans for three months increased their glucose tolerance. A decreased risk of coronary heart disease was associated with this lowering.
According to research, hummus consumption has been found to help reduce the risk of blood clots. Garbanzo beans are high in vitamin E and K, which have been shown to have blood-thinning qualities, naturally lowering the risk of blood clots. Vitamin K has been discovered to aid in preventing a variety of bleeding and blood clotting issues. Two types of chickpeas successfully reduced inflammation indicators in a recent study.
Researchers are studying the link between the daily consumption of hummus and the lowering of bad cholesterol. Chickpeas contain isoflavones, which are well-known cholesterol-lowering antioxidants. A study found that people who may not have been the most healthy participants benefited from eating chickpeas every day. The study group ate less fat and had a slight reduction in cholesterol. Researchers believe that hummus has an excellent protein to carbohydrate ratio that would help stabilize insulin levels.
Hummus contains 36% of the daily required folate consumption. Research shows that getting enough folate may reduce your chances of getting cancer. People who consume hummus are less likely to get colorectal cancer and heart disease. A recent study showed that folate might play a dual role in cancer development. Folate may provide protection early in carcinogenesis and individuals with a low folate total. Folate may be beneficial at moderate levels.
Researchers and nutritionists have called hummus a “superfood” for those trying to lose weight. Hummus is an excellent source of fiber that helps with digestion and helps one feel full and satisfied. A very recent study showed people who used hummus as a snack had a 55% less chance of becoming obese and are more than 50% less likely to have high blood sugar than those who never eat hummus. Hummus contains 4 grams of protein per 100 grams which will help suppress appetite and help with weight loss.
Try These Delicious and Healthy Hummus Recipes
Dr. Nandi’s Veggie Hummus Club Sandwich