What’s all the Hullabaloo about Hummus?

Hummus has become a key dish within Mediterranean meals; it’s simple yet versatile because it can be used as an appetizer or part of any main meal. At Mezza Grill, hummus is featured in many of its menu items and many people have raved about how great it is. However, many wonder why hummus is a healthy dish, so we decided to explore its secrets.

What is Hummus?

Hummus is a Middle Eastern spread made of cooked and mashed chickpeas mixed with tahini, which is a sesame paste. Ingredients that are commonly blended with the spread include lemon juice, salt, garlic, and olive oil. Hummus is a healthy and delicious dip that can be used in vegetarian and vegan diets; it can be served as a dip with pita chips, with falafel, or mixed in with different Mediterranean entrees.

Hummus is commonly eaten in places like:

  • Syria
  • Israel
  • Turkey
  • Greece

As Mediterranean diets are becoming more common in the United States, Americans have also started to eat more and more hummus!hummus

It’s good for you?

Recently it has been discovered that hummus is a healthy alternative to animal protein because the chickpeas in hummus are a good source of protein. Hummus is high in iron and fiber which allows people to stay full and resist from frequent snacking. Also, hummus contains monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which are good for you because they keep the heart healthy and nourish your body.

Not only is hummus high in protein and fiber but it has no sugar, is low in sodium, and contains lots of vitamins and minerals. Including hummus in your diet reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes. So why is there such a hullabaloo about hummus? Because it tastes great and is really good for you!

What do you all think? Have you enjoyed eating hummus or are eager to try it? If so, what do you eat hummus with? Please comment and share your thoughts!


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