Firstly, how Healthy is Hummus?
Chickpeas, the main ingredient in hummus, are rich in fiber and [protein. They also contain vitamins and minerals such as folic acid (chickpeas tend to be higher in folic acid than other beans), zinc, and magnesium.
Beans in general have been linked to various health benefits, such as lower blood cholesterol. They may also been known to help prevent cancer. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, early lab tests show that three compounds in beans (saponins, protease inhibitors, and phytic acid) may help defend cells from the type of genetic damage that can lead to cancer.
Hummus also traditionally goes hand-in-hand tahini (sesame seed butter), which adds some additional protein (3 grams per tablespoon) and fiber (0.7 gram per tablespoon) along with monounsaturated fat (3 grams per tablespoon). Chickpeas and tahini also provide fair amounts of calcium and iron.
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