5 Reasons Why You Should Eat More Hummus

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Hummus is delicious – no one denies this obvious fact. But did you also know that, health-wise, everyone’s favorite Middle Eastern/Mediterranean dip is also one of the best foods on the planet?! Keep reading to learn all about the amazing benefits of this zesty “superfood,” then come down and try one of L.A.’s best hummus recipes at Terrace Restaurant today!

#1. Hummus Can Help You Lose Weight

The more we learn about the positive health effects of chickpeas (the main ingredient in hummus), the more of these little legumes we want to consume. Not only are chickpeas packed with protein, which helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and ward away bouts of diet-ruining hunger, but they also contain lots of fiber, which tricks your body into feeling fuller for longer. If you do find yourself craving a snack between meals, don’t worry; hummus has no sugar and very little sodium – both of which can wreak havoc on your carefully-planned diet – and the naturally-occurring iron in chickpeas can give you the boost of energy you need to burn off the extra calories at the gym after work.

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Hummus Contains Protein and Fiber, Both of Which Can Keep Your Diet On Track

#2. Hummus Can Make You Smarter (And Happier!)

Move over, salmon! Like fish, hummus contains an abundance of Omega-3s, a polyunsaturated fatty acid that has been shown to increase memory and learning by supporting synaptic plasticity as well as stave off age-related mental deterioration and disorders like Alzheimer’s Disease, aggression, bipolar disorder, and depression. In addition, our favorite mezze dish is chock-full of vitamin B6, which helps the body makes happiness-increasing hormones like serotonin and norepinephrine, and also contains tryptophan, phenylalanine, and tyrosine, which are amino acids that can promote healthy sleep patterns and prevent insomnia.

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Omega 3 Fatty Acids Help Promote Good Brain Health and Ward Off Alzheimer’s Disease

#3. Hummus Safeguards Your Heart

Another one of hummus’ main ingredients, olive oil, is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids – these “dietary fats” helps regulate cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of hypertension (high blood pressure), heart attacks, and strokes. What’s more, by replacing foods normally high in sodium and saturated fat (like french onion dip or ranch dressing) with hummus, you cut out a potentially harmful food without making any sacrifice, taste-wise.

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The Ingredients In Hummus Help Lower Cholesterol And Keep Your Heart Healthy

#4. Hummus Keeps You Regular

As we mentioned above, the dietary fiber in hummus (approximately 3 grams per serving, or about 12% of a person’s daily recommended value of fiber) is a diet-saver. But that’s not all – because our bodies cannot digest the fiber found in chickpeas, it acts kind of like a broom as it passes through the digestive system, sweeping away dangerous blockages and regulating bowel movements. Upping one’s fiber intake has been shown to reduce the risk of gastroesophageal reflux disease, ulcers, hemorrhoids, and constipation, as well as strengthen the body’s immune system by stimulating the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon.

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The Fiber In Hummus Acts As A Broom, Sweeping Through Your DIgestive System

#5. Hummus Fights Cancer

The garbanzos, garlic, and citrus in hummus all contain a plethora of antioxidants, which prevent all types of cancer, but especially stomach and colon cancers, by protecting vulnerable cells from the damaging effects of naturally and artificially-occurring chemicals called free radicals. Chickpeas are also a great source of isoflavones and phytoestrogens, both of which are associated with reducing the risk of lung cancer, and the food’s high level of folate also helps fight off colorectal cancers, like colon cancer, and promotes normal and healthy cell division.

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Hummus Is Rich In Antioxidants, Which Will Ensure That You Stay Healthy For A Long Time

Read our previous blog post to learn more about the positive health effects of a Mediterranean/Middle Eastern diet!