The popularity of Hummus spread has enjoyed considerable growth in the United States over the last couple of decades. Although it’s been popular within certain circles for many years, you have probably noticed new varieties of hummus spreads and dips popping up on supermarket shelves.
While many Americans are yet to discover even the most basic varieties of hummus spread, hummus has been a staple food in the Middle East for centuries. Even though the exact time frame is uncertain, we do know that ancient Middle Eastern people were the first to discover that they could create a tasty and satisfying food by combining mashed chickpeas with edible spices and oils. Since chickpeas are the considered to be one of the first legumes to be cultivated, it is possible that hummus has been around for more than 5,000 years.
Regardless of the origins of today’s exciting recipes with hummus, all that matters to hummus lovers is they have it. If you consider yourself a hummus aficionado, you might already know that the are less than 30 hummus calories per tablespoon. But do you know that eating spicy hummus dip, roasted garlic hummus dip, or traditional hummus spread is also nutritious?
In fact, hummus nutrition is so high that many vegetarians and vegans consider it a staple food. Since neither vegans or vegetarians consume meat, their bodies miss out on the protein that people with balanced diets derive from beef, pork, chicken, and fish. However, hummus’s high protein content makes it ideal for those who don’t eat meant. Additionally, hummus is an excellent source of fiber, vitamins C and B6, and folate.
However, you don’t have to be a vegetarian or health nut to enjoy the flavor and nutritional value of hummus. After all, ancient Middle Eastern peoples didn’t eat hummus because they didn’t believe in eating meat or were needed to lose a few pounds.