Is Hummus Healthy?
Hummus is a delicious dip that goes with a variety of vegetables and makes an excellent addition to grain bowls and wraps. But is hummus good for you? We’ve got the lowdown here.
What is hummus and what’s it made of?
Hummus is a dip or spread that is native to the Middle East and North Africa, where it has been eaten for centuries. It is made from chickpeas, sesame seeds or sesame seed paste (otherwise known as tahini) garlic, lemon juice and olive oil, but depending on where it is made it can also include other seasonings and toppings. Hummus is now eaten around the world and naturally sold in supermarkets, which sell different blends and versions like red pepper hummus and caramelised onion hummus.
Is hummus healthy?
Yes, hummus is generally quite good for you. It contains healthy fats from the sesame seeds and olive oil. Chickpeas are also a great source of protein and fibre, making hummus a great dip or snack for anyone on a plant-based diet. A serving of hummus can also count as one of your five-a-day. One thing to look out for is the salt content when buying hummus from the supermarket. If you are wary of salt, it might be best to try making your own so you can control how much of the seasoning you use.
Want to know our favourite hummus and where to find it? Check out our blog post on our favourite vegan spreads next.
by Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at a last count) or playing tennis in the park.