Hummus Nutrition: The Health Benefits of Hummus

Jun 8, 2015 at 9:00 am |

Is hummus good for you?

You’re darn right it is! In fact, there are several nutritional benefits to hummus that, if you haven’t started eating hummus, should finally convince you.

Let’s looks at some of the simple nutritional facts:

Hummus is a great source of fiber. (59% of your daily requirement.) For comparison, an apple is also a good source of fiber, and it only has about 17% of your daily requirement. It also has a considerable amount of calcium and iron, which is always a plus.

More than nutritional facts, hummus has a lot of benefits that aren’t listed on the back of the packaging:

Hummus can help lower your cholesterol:

A study shows, compared to consuming fiber through wheat and cereal, hummus eaters consumed the same amount of fiber, but much less fat. The result was lower cholesterol while still getting your daily value of fiber.

Hummus can help you control your weight:

Hummus is really high in protein, and when you consume protein, you’re able to stave off cravings and balance your blood sugar. So say goodbye to snacking. Even better, the high amount of iron will deliver the energy you need to get off the couch and go for a run.

But what about all the calories?

Good point. A healthy serving of hummus does contain a lot of calories. Thankfully, it’s considered a nutrient-dense calorie food. This means that, though there are a lot of calories, it’s not empty, wasteful calories (like pizza or doughnuts — not to say there’s anything wrong with a few empty calories). While hummus might be higher in calories than some other snacks, don’t feel bad because you’re loading yourself with great nutrients.

And the high sources of fat?

Don’t worry about those either, because most of the fat in hummus is monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. This is considered good fat, and also recommended. That is to say, if you’re going to be consuming fat, unsaturated is king. So get your fill!

See! Hummus is the best. Go grab some at your local market or make your own. You won’t regret it!

Hummus isn’t just a delicious snack, it’s actually really great for you. Do you know why?