2020 has introduced the world to several food trends on social media. From the initial days of lockdown to the unlock days, food trends never went out of the track. If you’re active on social media platforms, you might have come across the trend of Hummus. From food bloggers to fitness bloggers, you would find it on everyone’s plate.
For the past five years, hummus has become a popular staple on most restaurants’ menus and in homes throughout the world. This dish is vegan, fairly nutritious, and extremely versatile in flavor and ingredients used. We believe the hummus trend is here to stay.
What is Hummus?
Hummus is a Middle Eastern food. It is a dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas. Tahini (a ground sesame seed paste), lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and garlic are added to the mashed beans for flavour. Not only is hummus delicious, but it is also versatile, packed with nutrients, and has been linked to many impressive health and nutritional benefits.
Benefits of Hummus:
According to Healthline, a 100-gram (3.5-ounce) serving of hummus provides:
- Calories: 166
- Fat: 9.6 grams
- Protein: 7.9 grams
- Carbs: 14.3 grams
- Fiber: 6.0 grams
- Manganese: 39% of the RDI
- Copper: 26% of the RDI
- Folate: 21% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 18% of the RDI
- Phosphorus: 18% of the RDI
- Iron: 14% of the RDI
- Zinc: 12% of the RDI
- Thiamin: 12% of the RDI
- Vitamin B6: 10% of the RDI
- Potassium: 7% of the RDI
Fun Facts about Hummus:
- In May 2010, Lebanon broke the Guinness World Record for the largest dish of hummus in the world weighing 10,450 kg.
- India is by far the world’s largest producer of chickpeas.
- Hummus can help lower cholesterol levels.
- Ancient people believed chickpeas increased sperm and milk production in humans and helped with the treatment of kidney stones.
- In 1973, a German writer noted that ground-roast chickpeas were seen as a substitute for coffee in Europe.