Whether you feast on it with toasted pitta or some fresh sliced greens, hummus is a popular and seemingly healthy snack. But is it all it’s cracked up to be? Let’s take a look at some of the secret benefits of this dip and why you should make it for yourself.
Source of Plant-Based Protein
When you first embark on a journey into plant-based living, you may wonder where you’ll get your protein from. The age-old myth was that the best way to boost your protein was to eat meat. Luckily, these days, we know better. In fact, there are many great sources of meat-free protein out there and it only takes a little research to find out what they are.
If you cook 130g of chickpeas, you will get around 15g of protein. When you use these ingredients in your homemade hummus, you should find that the dip is protein-packed and also full of healthy fibre as well. What’s more, if you make the recipe at home, you can control what goes into the snack so that it’s as healthy as possible.
May Control Blood Sugar
High blood sugar levels can lead to a whole host of troubling illness, not least diabetes. The number of suffers is ever-growing. It is estimated that this life-changing health condition will affect 438 million people in the UK by the year 2030. Changes to your diet and lifestyle could help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
So, what does that have to do with eating some tasty hummus? Research suggests that eating chickpeas, which are the main ingredient in hummus, could slow down the digestion of carbs. The results suggest that this effect may lower blood sugar levels. Maintaining healthy glucose levels could help prevent illnesses and diseases in the long term.
Could Help Weight Loss
Of course, eating a ton of hummus on a daily basis is not going to help you lose weight. That’s a given. However, including chickpea-heavy snacks in your everyday diet may be better for you than you imagine. According to research published in the Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences, chickpeas and hummus are linked to better nutrient intake.
The study also found that people who ate hummus, chickpeas, and beans on a regular basis were 53% less likely to be obese. While there could be a whole range of reasons for this finding, it’s certainly interesting. The reason could be that choosing healthy plant-based forms of protein and fibre, such as this dip, may help promote a healthy weight.
Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper and Cumin Seed Hummus
Now that you know all about the potential health benefits of hummus, why not try making some for yourself? Whizzing up a fresh batch of this Middle Eastern-style dip isn’t hard at all. Here’s our take on a roasted red pepper and cumin seed hummus. Give it a whirl.
- 400g chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
- 1 large red pepper
- 1 tsp cumin seeds toasted
- 1 tsp tahini
- 25ml lemon juice
- 1 garlic minced clove
- Pink salt
- Cold-pressed rapeseed oil
Step one: Roast that pepper
Preheat the oven to 200°C. Remove the stalk and seeds from the red pepper. Brush the skin with rapeseed oil and place it in the oven until the skin starts to blister.
Step two: Cool it
Take the red pepper from the oven and place it in a container. Cling film over the top of the container and leave the pepper to cool.
Step three: Peel it
When the pepper is completely cool, peel the skin. You should find that the skin can be removed quickly and easily from the flesh.
Step four: Blend away
Throw the pepper and the other ingredients (except the salt and oil) into a food processor and start blending.
Step two: Oil it up
Slowly stream the oil into the food processor while blending until you have a thick, dipping consistency. We dig it thick and chunky… but you do you.
Step three: Get seasoning
Season with pink salt to taste and get dipping!