Brits work their way through over 12,000 tonnes of hummus a year and over 40% of us are thought to have this delicious Middle Eastern dip somewhere in our fridges at home (I know I do!!!). This means it is almost twice as popular here as it is across the rest of Europe.
In part due to Waitrose starting to stock it on their shelves in the 1980s, Brits now can’t get enough of this healthy, creamy mashed chickpea dish and spend over £60 million pounds on it a year – half of that is out of my own wallet!!!
To celebrate International Hummus Day, here at Fed Up & Drunk, we’ve compiled a list as to why this staple of Middle Eastern and North African cuisine deserves to be as popular as it is across the entirety of the UK.
It’s a great source of protein
Popular as a protein source for both vegans and vegetarians, chickpeas, which form the base of hummus, are super high in protein. Hummus is also a great diet food and can help you feel fuller for longer.
It’s good for your health
Chickpeas can balance cholesterol levels, help your heart’s health, and reduce hypertension. A popular dish in the Mediterranean, known for being one of the healthiest areas on the planet, a Mediterranean diet is thought to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and help extend life expectancy.
Helps with digestion
An excellent source of fibre, hummus helps with intestinal health and digestion. In order to decrease your chance of obesity and related issues such as heart disease and type-2 diabetes, it’s recommended that humans consume 25-35 grams of fibre daily which makes hummus a great addition to anyone’s diet, ensuring you get the fibre your body needs.
A healthy energy boost
Full of starch, this complex carbohydrate is used by the body for a steady release of energy throughout the day. Unlike the quick release of energy provided by foods high in simple sugars like sweets, chocolate, fizzy drinks, and white bread, the starches found in hummus break down slowly, keeping you full and energetic for longer.
It’s an aphrodisiac – apparently?
Hummus is full or arginine, a known aphrodisiac. This amino acid increases blood circulation and could be one of the reasons why the Mediterranean has its reputation for being a region full of heat, romance and passion.