Chickpeas are also known as garbanzo beans. However you prefer to call them, they are extremely healthy for you. They have been grown in the Middle East for a long time and are now consumed all over the world, with hummus being probably the most well-known use of chickpeas.
Chickpeas have a nutty taste and besides tasting wonderfully delicious, they are also very nutritious for you. They are a great food source of a wide array of essential vitamins and minerals including fiber, folate, thiamin, vitamin B6, vitamin K, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, vitamin C and vitamin E. These essential vitamins and minerals together give chickpeas their nutritional power such as improving digestion, aiding weight management and reducing the risk of several diseases. Of course, we cannot forget to mention that chickpeas are also high in protein and make an excellent replacement for meat in vegetarian and vegan diets.
The other key ingredient in this hummus and in fact any other hummus recipe is tahini. Tahini is the fancy name for sesame seed butter. Tahini is ground up sesame seeds until they become a paste. Tahini contains essential nutrients such as magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and calcium. Sesame seeds also contain more phytosterols than all other nuts and seeds. Phytosterols are important for lowering your levels of bad cholesterol and reduce your risks of certain types of cancer. Sometimes the hard hull or outer layer of sesame seeds make it harder for your body to absorb the nutrients from sesame seeds. So consuming them in a paste form such as tahini in hummus, is a great way to enjoy the nutritional benefits of sesame seeds.
Now that you see how simple it can be to make your own hummus at home, you can save some money and stop buying them from your local grocery store. You can even vary the flavor profile from time to time by adding some cayenne pepper this time or adding some paprika the next time. The possibilities are endless!
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