What's really in your hummus?

Hummus has long been considered a health food, and is definitely preferable to some of your other pre-packaged dips, but definitely isn't that healthy to be eating the bought ones on a regular basis.

If you're paleo you'll be anti any legumes, but chickpeas do actually have a host of health benefits. However, they can be irritating to some, and do contain enzyme inhibitors (meaning they attach to enzymes and block their actions, in other words your body can't absorb the nutrients as effectively). A way to avoid this is to soak dried chickpeas overnight in water, discard the water, and then cook. Canned chickpeas are an easy alternative, but they do have less nutritional value than the dried ones.

Anyway, onto the hummus ingredients list:

Chickpeas 42% (contains traces of wheat, so not so great for strictly gluten free), canola oil (not so great), tahini, SUGAR, garlic, salt, spices, natural flavour (I need to research what that actually is), food acid (330), preservative (202), stabiliser (412), antioxidant (300).

Hmmm, alot of additions in there, and disappointing to see the sugar!

Alternatives:

Well, not that much really, but Turkish Kitchen contained mainly real foods, except for acidity regulator (270).

Or make your own - it's so easy! I soak and then cook up a big batch of dried beans in the crock pot, then freeze, and use for hummus or roasting and adding to dishes as needed. The kids call roasted chickpeas Little Bums, because that's just what they look like.

Here's a link that gives lots of different hummus recipes you can make yourself. It does mainly suggest canned chickpeas, so if your using pre-cooked dried ones, use about 1.5 cups.

https://www.thespruce.com/hummus-recipes-2355728

Got any other hummus suggestions?  Share the love! in the comments below!

Keep on learning xx Melissa

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