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Hummus: not just another superfood

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It is clear that we are increasing eating foods that are in fashion. But what if we stop consuming them just because they are trendy and really get to know their benefits?

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Today we will cover the properties of hummus. This chickpea paste with lemon, sesame and olive oil was, until relatively recently, a widely unknown food for us.

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Of Arabian origin, hummus was not very well known until quite recently, when it began to expand across the United States. And like everything, if it reaches the States, it will end up everywhere.

But this time it’s not just a matter of fashion. The keys to success of this food in the western world are mainly due to the major benefits it offers human beings. Among which are the following:

 

High protein content

These proteins are easily absorbed by the body. It helps keep blood sugar levels steady and helps fight hunger pangs. This is why it features regularly in athletes’ diets.

 

Nutritional contribution

As well as proteins it contains a high amount of minerals: iron, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium… which all help improve the state of our organs, muscles and nervous system.

Thanks to its main component, chickpeas, and the nutrients found within them, it helps eliminate uric acid, giving us more elastic and youthful tissues and increasing the energy in our bodies.

 

Low fat content

The fat content in this food is not high, but the amount of fatty acids it contains is. It has a high fatty acid content of Omega 3, which helps prevent cardiovascular illnesses.

 

Carbohydrates and fibre

It is particularly notable for its healthy, slowly absorbed carbohydrates, which give us energy to keep active for longer, with more controlled blood sugar levels.

It is also outstanding for the amount of fibre it provides, leaving our bodies toxin-free.

 

Anti-depressive effects

Its consumption produces serotonin, the happy hormone. It also completely satisfies our appetite and helps us get to sleep.

 

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The best thing about this superfood is that it is very easy to make and eat. All you need is a jar of chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, tahini (paste made with sesame), lemon juice and salt. Just mix these ingredients in a bowl and blend them until you get a smooth, creamy texture. To serve it up, add a pinch of paprika, a sprinkling of sesame seeds, a drizzle of olive oil or some parsley.

Bon appetit!


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