We Americans are crazy about hummus, a chickpea-based dip that an estimated 25 percent of households store in the refrigerator. And that’s good because the stuff is healthy for you.
Hummus – sales of which top $725 million annually, compared to just $5 million 20 years ago – usually contains chickpeas (the main ingredient), along with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. The Middle-Eastern food is loaded with nutrients, primarily from the chickpeas, including potassium, magnesium, iron, folate, manganese and Vitamin B-6.
Such a nutritional bounty makes chickpeas – and hummus – a smart dietary staple, says Jamie Kandora, clinical nutrition manager at Tidelands Health.