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The Healthy One, Two Punch of Hummus in the Mediterranean Diet
Hummus has long been known as a part of the heart healthy Mediterranean Diet, but did you know of the other advantages of eating hummus besides the delicious taste? Hummus is made by combining chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil into a blender, and blending until smooth. The process is simple, but the complex health benefits go far beyond this delicious creamy paste.
Chick peas and sesame seeds, the two main components of hummus are on the list of the world’s healthiest foods, for good reason. These two foods pack a powerful healthy punch into your diet.
Chick peas, which are one of the world’s most healthy foods, contain protein, fiber, and good for you carbohydrates. The protein and fiber help to regulate blood sugar, as well as stabilize digestion, and they create a more satiated feeling, hence, preventing overeating. The insoluble fiber in these beans, remains undigested and are broken down by bacteria in the colon. This keeps these bacteria healthy and cuts risk of colon cancer.
Tahini is derived from sesame seeds, which are rich in minerals including copper, manganese, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, and selenium. Some of the benefits from these minerals include: support for vascular and respiratory health, prevention of colon cancer, PMS, osteoporosis, and migraines, support for bone health, and lowering cholesterol.
Now that you know the benefits hummus why not whip up a batch today. Ayhan’s Mediterranean Diet Plan incorporates hummus into its overall 28 day menu. The other recipes are just as easy to prepare and just as delicious!