Summer Hummus Craze. Is It Healthy Or Not?
Summer hummus is what we’re all going crazy over. I see it flooding my Instagram feed with so many people creating their own recipes. Hummus is delicious and I can tell it’s going to be the delight in many of our summer dishes. We’re seeing so many different variations in local food stores, from avocado to chocolate, to red velvet, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and black olive hummus. But are these all healthy for you?
That’s the question. Should we or shouldn’t we buy into this hummus craze? I’ve even seen people using coconut and cashew nuts in their recipes. It’s insane how chickpeas are dominating summer food. The pulse is taking over. We think it’s because there’s a rise in popularity towards fighting allergies and plant-based eating; summer humus is ideal for those on gluten-free diets; and chickpeas are high in protein too!
Pulses (along with lentils and beans and peas) are really affordable and satisfying. They go a long way and are super versatile. That’s why if you’re trying to get healthier without breaking the bank and caring about the environment, you might as well hop onto the summer hummus trend.
Summer Hummus Craze
Let’s take a deeper look into this crazy hype. There must be a reason behind it, unless people are really easily influenced.
I dug in a little and found some information reported by Health.Com. They refer to some research about chickpeas alone and as we know, these pulses are extremely high in fiber and protein. Just one cup contains 10 grams of each, which meets 40% of your daily needs. They’ve also got loads of antioxidants and key nutrients. Health.Com says research has discovered that people who regularly consume chickpeas and/or hummus have higher intakes of fiber, folate, magnesium, potassium, iron, and vitamins A, E, and C. So far, it’s sounding really good.
In addition, this study also explains that those who consume chickpeas regularly generally have a lower BMI and waist measurement than those who don’t. This means these people are also far less likely to be obese. Even better, there’s research which has found that eating hummus or chickpeas significantly helps you avoid blood sugar spikes from food with a high glycaemic index. This means that even if you were to eat your hummus with white bread, you’d still be less likely to endure a drop in blood sugar levels so long as you eat the bread with chickpeas.
The health benefits seem to be quite extensive. However, all studies claim that eating chickpeas will also drastically improve your gut health, and help protect against heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.
Are These Hummus Creations Healthy?
To be honest, yes, hummus is healthy for you. You just need to be aware of which ones you’re eating, whether or not it’s home made and where you’re buying it from. As always, I’d highly recommend checking the content labels on the back of the product first to see what ingredients were used in it. The last thing you want is to indulge in a ‘healthy junk food,’
Traditionally, hummus is meant to be prepared from scratch with anti-inflammatory foods. It’s originally a simple recipe and it’s these new add-ons that might jeopardise our summer body goals. So take caution. Summer hummus should include healthy ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, Tahiti, garlic, and lemon. What I’m seeing a lot of, however, are these sweeter hummus variations with chocolate and sugar. If you’re going to opt for these then be sure to use raw cocoa, less sugar and more fruit. This way you will still be getting a treat without going for a rich cake or soft serve ice cream.
Besides, hummus is a very convenient option especially if you’re busy and don’t have a lot of time. You can make a big batch in a few minutes by popping everything into a blender. I understand why people are going crazy over it now.
Beware artificial variations of hummus
However, when you’re buying it in the shops just make sure you know the facts and avoid brands using common cooking oils, sugar and preservatives. These all cause inflammation in the body and that’s the last thing you want. Keep an eye out for potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate and others alike.
The bottom line: Hummus is definitely a healthy and nutritious option for us all this summer. Just watch out for artificial variations. It’s better to just make your own because it’s super easy. Moreover, avoid eating hummus with chips or fries and enjoy it with vegetables, fruit and whole-wheat bread.
Health.Com recommends trying new ways of eating summer hummus. Apparently it’s also a fantastic addition to salads and an alternative to mayonnaise. It’s also brilliant for thickening sauces, soups, mashed potatoes, or cauliflower mash. And it’s a healthy bonus to top your roasted veggies or potatoes with.