It is no news that Hummus has become extremely popular across the world for years now.
By 2012, as reported by The New York Times, the hummus industry in the United States alone grew to an industry totaling $530 million at food retailers from just a $5 million dollar business 15 years earlier.
“The savory dip is just irresistible,” says the HuffPost as well..
Fun Fact: Do you know that there are about 2.5M Hummus hashtags on Instagram alone? That’s more than many celebrities can claim!
However, there is way more to the Hummus than its delicious taste and enjoyable texture. These “more” are what brought the nutritionists around the world to highly recommend it and so many people to consume it regularly.
Chickpeas contain saponins, protease inhibitors, and phytic acid; all have been shown in tests “to guard cells against the kind of damage that can cause cancer.”
The folate in hummus plays a significant role in cancer prevention, according to a comprehensive study on the Folate by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition:
“Epidemiologic evidence consistently shows inverse associations between higher intakes of dietary folate and a reduced risk of cancer of the colon and other parts of the gastrointestinal tract, and, more recently, of the pancreas.”
In addition to the benefit mentioned above, the monounsaturated fats in the Tahini, as shown in numerous studies, decrease the risks of breast cancer, reduce cholesterol levels, lower the risk of heart disease and stroke, promote weight loss, and lessen severe pain and stiffness of rheumatoid arthritis.
That’s in addition to many other health benefits the Tahini offers.
The omega-3 fatty acids in the hummus promote radiant skin and hair growth, while the manganese in chickpeas helps prevent sagging skin and hair loss, and the zinc mineral in hummus is said to delay aging since it is an antioxidant.
Having doubts? Just go on for a week or so eating homemade hummus every day. Nothing to lose, all to gain. Who could say no to more hummus!
Chickpeas are loaded with amino acids, which make the proteins that are essential for building or repairing healthy tissues and building and strengthening our muscular system.
That richness in protein makes the hummus a good friend of our muscles, as well as our bones, blood, and skin. It promotes strong and healthy muscles, hence the reason why athletes and bodybuilders take plenty of protein supplements.
While not all of us are athletes, we still need a good intake of protein for our muscles to remain healthy or to improve them in case of deficiency. That is especially true for our friends the vegetarians and the vegans.
It is super delicious; that, we all knew. And now you know that it is a superfood, as long as you don’t substitute the chickpeas with something else like we’ve been seeing around in supermarkets and blogs.
Once you do, it has nothing to do with Hummus; because, hummus, my friends, means literally chickpeas in Arabic, and that’s the only reason why this dish is called hummus.
Disclaimer: This article is by no means a substitute for any medical advice. If you have a health issue, please consult your doctor.
We Lebanese belong to a long-existing culture where natural remedies are passed on from generation to generation, from grandma’s Yansoun tea to calm the stress, dad’s Mint tea to digest a heavy meal, the Pomegranate Molasses to heal a cold sore, and you name it.
Yet, we still go consult our doctors for any health issue.
It helps though that Lebanese cuisine is known, worldwide now, to be generally very healthy, and studies across the world are recommending it, along with the Mediterranean cuisines, to prevent health issues.
Huffpost reported in 2014 that “according to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, about 30 percent 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.”