International Hummus Day
Hummus is an Arabic word that means chickpea. Despite the Arabic roots of hummus, some historians believe this food originated in Egypt. Still, other groups of people, including the Lebanese, Turks, Jews, and Syrians, have tried to take credit for inventing hummus.
No matter who actually invented it, the basic recipe for hummus has remained the same throughout the years. The most basic hummus recipe consists of chickpeas, tahini (ground sesame seeds), olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic. Some people like different flavors of hummus. These flavors include sun-dried tomato, spinach and artichoke, red pepper, basil pesto, chipotle, roasted garlic, and lemon.
Every flavor of hummus is considered a very healthy food, too. Hummus packs a wide variety of vitamins and minerals into a single serving. With each delicious bite, hummus provides folate, copper, manganese, magnesium, iron, zinc, and Vitamin B6. Hummus is also a low-carb food with a plant-based protein.
Health benefits of hummus include:
- improves the glycemic response of people eating white bread.
- hummus is free of many common food allergens, including gluten, nuts, and dairy.
- reduces the risk of heart disease.
- hummus helps to control blood glucose levels and reduce risk of type 2 diabetes.
- promotes weight loss and the ability to maintain a healthy body weight.
- hummus is high in fiber, which promotes digestive health and feeds good gut bacteria.
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