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.
Fitness Minutes: (11,368)
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.
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 :)
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! :)
Fitness Minutes: (17,274)
3,921 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.
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).
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!!
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.
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.
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!
Fitness Minutes: (3,173)
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!
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.
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.
Fitness Minutes: (25,989)
11,481 6/11/10 9:09 P
I love jalapeno flavored hummus with garlic flavored pita chips.
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.
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.
Fitness Minutes: (14,504)
6/10/10 9:43 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.
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.
Fitness Minutes: (39,639)
1,534 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.
Fitness Minutes: (7,088)
4,365 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.
Fitness Minutes: (12,021)
1,836 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 :)
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.
Fitness Minutes: (2,057)
269 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.
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.
Fitness Minutes: (2,057)
269 6/10/10 4:42 P
My advice: make your own. It's MUCH healthier that way than store bought.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved. No portion of this website can be used without the permission of SparkPeople or its authorized affiliates.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.