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J40IN7 Posts: 258
6/13/10 3:21 P

Hummus is actually extremely good for you. If you read fitness and health magazines many will tell you that chickpeas are one of the best foods for you.

The trick is to eat it in moderation and not go overboard. Aswell, make your own. You can't trust store bought products as companies will add all kinds of unhealthy things to hummus.

Just get a can of chickpeas and throw them in the food processor with some olive oil and salt and pepper. Fresh hummus! and you can store the leftovers in a container in the fridge fot the rest of the week. emoticon

ROSIEL SparkPoints: (16,194)
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6/13/10 3:17 P

You can make your own and it will have little to no fat and cost about 1/2 what premade does. Great on Sandwiches or as a snack.

CATHEITE Posts: 4,837
6/13/10 12:26 P

I don't agree that hummus is "really bad for you." It has many benefits, and it tastes fab.

It can be high in calories, but remember that a little goes a long way.

Edited by: CATHEITE at: 6/13/2010 (12:28)
ERIN4771 Posts: 4,347
6/13/10 11:37 A

so are m&m's according to the experts, but hey, you have to live a little right? only kidding, there are some healthier hummus brands out there i am sure, the other thing is everything in moderation :)

ANAVLY Posts: 2,426
6/13/10 10:26 A

The fat content of Hummus can vary a fair bit from brand to brand or recipe to recipe. The fat is from tahini and vegetable oil, so generally the "good" fat (although it would not surprise me if you could find a brand with partially hydrogenated oils and such that's not so great).

For comparison, 2tbsp of the natural PB I have in my fridge is 16g of fat. Or compare it to most dips out there - they're mostly based on stuff like Mayo, sour cream, cream cheese, etc. and are much higher in fat, and with generally less healthy kinds of fat.

It's got a lot going for it nutritionally, and 3g of fat for 2 tbsp really isn't all that much, and you can make it with far less. It's not something you want to eat a tub of all at once though ;)

I think I might make some hummus today! :)

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6/13/10 10:20 A

I would hope this question was made in jest. How someone could say hummus is really bad for you is just mindboggling. It's got healthy fat which your body needs as well as a lot of nutrients you need.

When did so many people start thinking that food needs to be low fat/high protein? There is much more to a healthy diet than that.

IRIE_KEY Posts: 1,261
6/13/10 10:07 A

Is your tongue planted in your cheek as you made that statement? 3 grams of good fats is healthy for you.

SVELTEWARRIOR Posts: 12,389
6/13/10 10:03 A

I love hummus!!!!!!!! It is healthy fat and as all things ok when taken in moderation.

JANEWATKINS Posts: 880
6/13/10 9:58 A

I eat hummus at least once a week . . . 1/4 cup with pita chips or crackers. It is one of my standby meals. It is healthy fat, which we need. I've lost 50 pounds with this as one of my regular meals. So, I'm not giving it up! I, too, really like the roasted red pepper (Sabra brand).

COCOADIET Posts: 250
6/13/10 9:49 A

Roasted red pepper hummus spread thinly on a cheese and tomato sandwich made with whole grain bread. YUMMY!

CARILOUIE SparkPoints: (83,599)
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6/13/10 7:59 A

I LOVE hummus! I like to make my own - I can make it super garlicky if I want, and I usually cut back on the olive oil.

JENNIEINKY Posts: 604
6/13/10 7:31 A

Will echo those who've suggested using it on sandwiches-the fat in Hummus is waaaay better for you than the fat in mayo, or even cheese. Same thing with veggies-Hummus fat much better than Ranch Dressing fat. I don't know if Ranch Dressing is a Southern thing or what but I think that stuff is nasty and don't want it TOUCHING my veggies lol!!

IWILLBEME23 Posts: 23
6/13/10 4:57 A

Hummus is REALLY easy to make, and you can buy (at least here!) 1lb of dried chickpeas for ~$1.50... enough to make hummus to last you months!

I definetly suggest doing that, also gives the opportunity to edit the quantities of tahini/garlic/lemon in it! I love adding a little bit of lime.

ANTISOCIALWRKR Posts: 71
6/12/10 11:44 P

We need calories and fat for our bodies to function. Thinking 3 grams of good fat makes hummus "really bad" overlooks the fiber and nutrients it provides and is (in my opinion) overly restrictive for the average person, which can have the opposite desired effect on weight loss if one's diet changes cannot be sustained.

KRYSSI Posts: 366
6/12/10 11:08 P

I love hummus. I always use it on my sandwiches. It adds a lot of flavor and makes the sandwich not taste as dry.

CORRINEELISE Posts: 25
6/12/10 9:50 P

3 grams of GOOD fat! Fat isn't evil. It's satisfying and the unsaturated kind is good for you. 2 Tbsp of hummus on some whole wheat pita chips or veggies is way better than the more than 3 grams of fat from some processed sodium spiked store-bought dip!

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6/12/10 9:39 P

I've never tried it and not sure if I ever will but I hear both good and bad things about it. I guess I need to try it for myself!

NATKITA Posts: 1,754
6/12/10 9:21 P

I'll echo the others and say, hummus is NOT bad for you! You need to learn the difference between healthy fats and unhealthy fats...and realize that along with the fat in hummus comes fiber, good carbs, and protein. As a vegetarian, I have lost a lot of weight eating things that are supposedly "fattening", like hummus, peanut butter, cheese, and avocados. Of course, when I get almost all of my fat grams from plant sources, it's different from adding that fat content to dietary fat obtained from eating meat.

Another important point: Homemade hummus can be made lower in fat - It's all about the proportions of beans to oil. And there are some store-bought varieties with less fat as well. Don't judge all hummus by one label.

MISSYHEP Posts: 434
6/12/10 7:15 P

I too eat hummus everyday, again on sandwiches and with veggies!!

HOLISTICDETOXER SparkPoints: (32,314)
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6/12/10 12:14 A

Make your own! It's so easy- no cooking required!

DINGLES16 Posts: 72
6/11/10 9:51 P

Hummus, yum emoticon

OREOSMILE Posts: 609
6/11/10 9:46 P

this is reminding me to make some hummus! I use the Biggest Loser creamy hummus recipe, which is pretty low in fat.

http://caloriecount.about.com/creamy-hum
mus-recipe-r221971

SHERRYK5 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/11/10 9:22 P

Hummus is not bad for you. It's the good fat.

MERLE641 Posts: 252
6/11/10 9:15 P

First of all, Hummus is not bad for you. Your body needs fat for many vital functions. It's animal fat that you need to limit. Hummus is made from chickpeas which good for you. They contain protein, fiber, iron, and no cholesterol. As a substitute for mayo on sandwiches and wraps, it's an excellent choice.

STARRAY SparkPoints: (79,368)
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6/11/10 9:09 P

I love jalapeno flavored hummus with garlic flavored pita chips.

-POOKIE- Posts: 11,848
6/11/10 7:23 A

We all need good fats every day. An eating plan too low in fat isn't good for you.

So no, hummous isnt "bad" for you unless you choose to over eat it.

Pretty much like ANY food.

CLIMBERCHICK14 Posts: 11,246
6/11/10 7:21 A

Be mindful of the TYPE of fat that's in hummus. It's full of healthy poly and monounsaturated fats like those found in nuts. So while there seems to be a lot and we're stereotyped to think "wow, lots of fat?! It's unhealthy!" It's actually not as long as you eat it in moderation.

LAKNEY Posts: 16
6/11/10 1:04 A

i love hummus with veggies... emoticon yumm.

FEED_ME_SHOES SparkPoints: (96,805)
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6/11/10 12:49 A

Its not so bad if you eat it with some raw vegetables, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, baby sweetcorn etc etc. It makes for quite a filling snack or light meal.

You could always make your own if you want to cut back a little on calories.

SILLYBERRY Posts: 1,321
6/11/10 12:22 A

I make my own hummus without tahini or olive oil so it is super healthy. Nonfat Greek yogurt makes it amazingly creamy and delicious!

NEBRASKANURSE Posts: 210
6/10/10 10:56 P

I really don't like hummus anyway

TROPICAL_PUNCH Posts: 211
6/10/10 10:36 P

hummus instead of mayo - great idea!

MBG976 Posts: 338
6/10/10 9:56 P

I love hummus and it is a staple in my diet. I use it as a replacement of mayo. One or two tablespoons is all you need. Hummus made from olive oil is a lot better than highly processed low-fat or fat-free mayo in my opinion.

MUPP1970 SparkPoints: (27,686)
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6/10/10 9:43 P

I eat hummus all the time!

BL3SS3DWITHLIF3 Posts: 274
6/10/10 9:39 P

Hummous is one of my favorite foods. That and tabouli in a pita is amazing. My birthday was tuesday and I went to a middle eatern restaurant and passed on the hummous because I knew that 1 cup of it is 800 calories. I am not so much worried about the fat, as the calories, its PACKED. I love it on veggies too, but alas, I cant eat just 1 tablespoon, so I pass on it all together.

SCUBATELLY Posts: 419
6/10/10 9:37 P

It's better for you than lots of other dips and spreads, being made from beans mostly.
I like it in sandwiches instead of cheese and mayo.
Also to dip celery and broccoli in.
3 Tbs has 70 cals, 6 carb 4 fat 3 protein.
One egg has about that much fat.
If you get a reasonable amount of fat from natural foods, and not from junk food, that is still healthy, and as mentioned by PPs, your body needs it.

ASHLEE624 SparkPoints: (33,722)
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6/10/10 9:28 P

June... Hummus is smoshed up chick peas (or garbanzo beans, whichever you prefer to call them). It's like a dip, I guess. I eat it with pretzels, or raw veggies. I belive it's a Greek food. Not sure if it's sold in the UK, but it would probably be found around the deli counter. Ask the grocer and see what they say.

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6/10/10 6:34 P

There are a lot of foods that are higher in fat but are great choices as part of a healthy diet, when consumed in moderation - Nuts, olives, or avocados, for example.

Also, 3 grams doesn't sounds so bad . . . even a large banana has 1 gram of fat!

Treat yourself to some hummus if you like it, just do so mindfully so you don't overdo the portions.



MEWIEGELE SparkPoints: (27,040)
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6/10/10 6:16 P

Plus keep in mind its made with olive oil and Tahini (another nut oil) these have good omega 3's and other healhty fatty acids the body really needs. It is very healthy as pp mentioned we need fat- just the right ones :)

JUNE19541 Posts: 2
6/10/10 5:52 P

I have no idea what "hummus" is have never heard of it.
Is just sold in USA and not in the UK?

CRYSTAL_1981 SparkPoints: (12,632)
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6/10/10 5:42 P

I buy a brand from Safeway called Eating Right, it only has 30 calories in 2 tbsp, have it with a few light wasa crackers and you are just around 100 calories.

LOVEITSILENT Posts: 335
6/10/10 5:38 P

I was bummed when I found out that it isn't nutritionally fantastic. I mean, it's garbanzo beans, but with pita chips or vegetables, it almost seems like a waste to eat, home made or store bought.

TEAADDICTEDGEEK SparkPoints: (0)
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6/10/10 5:28 P

I actually will deliberately add healthy fats to my diet because it's already naturally low in fat and I don't want it to be TOO low. Fat is good for you, and unless you have a medical condition which states you HAVE to be on a low-fat diet (such as previous gall bladder removal, etc) then you need to eat a certain amount of it.

Just make sure it's HEALTHY. Hummus is, fried food isn't.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,594
6/10/10 5:27 P

You may want to check some of our SP hummus recipes. Here is Coach Nicole's recipe:
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?
recipe=85813


dietitian Becky

NIRERIN Posts: 11,876
6/10/10 5:27 P

fat is not bad. you need fat in your diet, and the kind in hummus is from sesame seeds [tahini] and olive oil, both of which are good kinds of fat.
if you want to make your own hummus, you can leave out the tahini and reduce the olive oil to reduce the calories a bit.

TEAADDICTEDGEEK SparkPoints: (0)
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6/10/10 4:42 P

My advice: make your own. It's MUCH healthier that way than store bought.

MINIFIG81 Posts: 7
6/10/10 4:39 P

Not really .. for the 3 grams of fat you get, you get .. like.. a gram of protein.

It's not a very good trade off.

It is beans after all..

DREAMSOFSHOES Posts: 508
6/10/10 4:35 P

You should try it with apples. OMG it is so delicious. Doesnt it also have a lot of protein though? Its no worse than peanut butter in any case.

ASHLEE624 SparkPoints: (33,722)
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6/10/10 4:34 P

I know! And, my problem is that I like to eat it with pretzels, so the calories add up really quickly

MINIFIG81 Posts: 7
6/10/10 4:31 P



I'm very surprised how just how bad Hummus is..

2 tablespoons of this stuff = 3 grams of fat.

That's .. nuts.

Time to cut back on the hummus.

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