Have you ever noticed how Mediterranean foods are the healthiest and the most delicious?
They’ve really got it right over there when it comes to food, and more than ever the rest of the world looks to them when creating recipes, and sometimes just outright copying.
Hummus is one of those foods that is sometimes overlooked in the Western diet, it is available from most supermarkets but more often than not this hummus is bland and tasteless. It does not invite you to dig in for another spoonful, and it has a stigma of being a ‘diet’ food – nothing can be more off-putting.
But hummus does not have to be like this, in its true form it is garlicky, rich and bursting with flavor. Oil is not something the Mediterraneans shy away from, and they have some of the longest life-spans in the world.
Selenium is not present in most fruits and vegetables, but can be found in chickpeas. It helps the enzymes of the liver to function properly and detoxify some cancer-causing compounds in the body. Additionally, selenium prevents inflammation and decreases tumor growth rates.
Chickpeas also contain folate, which plays a role in DNA synthesis and repair, and so helps prevent the formation of cancer cells from mutations in the DNA. Saponins, phytochemicals present in chickpeas, prevent cancer cells from multiplying and spreading throughout the body.
High-fiber intakes from chickpeas and other legumes, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are associated with a lowered risk of colorectal cancer.
Vitamin C functions as a powerful antioxidant and helps protect cells against free radical damage.
Chickpeas and other legumes are one of the world’s most ignored ‘superfoods’. They are excellent at maintaining blood sugar levels – very important for diabetics.
The fact that they are so high in fiber has linked them with reduced levels of colorectal cancer. They are low in calories, but they are high in dietary fiber, so they fill you up.
Hummus, and indeed chickpeas or the perfect snack for when you are feeling peckish. Many people reach for unhealthy snacks when their energy levels drop, but they would be much better off reaching for a tub of hummus.
Below are 13 different delicious hummus recipes, we guarantee you won’t get bored of trying.
Note the recipes state canned chickpeas – we believe that fresh, organic chickpeas are much better!