Is Hummus Keto? (Watch about Carbs and Calories in Hummus!!)
Hummus is one of those delicious snacks that
always seems to disappear quickly, whether
it’s set out as a dip at parties or tucked
inside your kids’ lunch boxes. This tasty
treat is rich and creamy with a nutty flavor
that’s tough to resist, especially when
it’s served as a vehicle for veggies or
as a condiment to meals. Hummus is so yummy,
it’s easy to go overboard on this popular
Middle Eastern spread, but it can still be
part of a healthy diet. You should be aware
of how many calories and carbs are in hummus.
Is it keto-friendly? And you’ll need to
know about the many health benefits of including
hummus to your diet. So keep listening for
all that and more.
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Hummus is a healthy and delicious dip made
from chickpeas, tahini (sesame paste), lemon
juice, garlic, and olive oil. Chickpeas, also
known as garbanzo beans, are particularly
high in carbs. Each tablespoon of chickpeas
contains 8 grams of carbs and each cup provides
a staggering 121 grams of carbs! But, don’t
let that scare you…
Even though chickpeas are high in carbs, once
the other ingredients are added in (which
are all low in carbs), hummus ends up with
a moderate carb count. So, it’s pefectly
fine to enjoy a reasonably-sized serving of
hummus while following a low carb lifestyle,
as long as you’re careful not to overindulge.
How many grams of carbs are in Hummus? A 1/4
cup serving of hummus contains 12 grams of
carbohydrates. Hummus can be a healthy food
to consume while on the ketogenic diet, if
it’s eaten in moderation.
So, feel free to enjoy a 1/4 cup serving of
hummus along with fresh low carb veggies,
like bell pepper, cucumber, broccoli, and
cauliflower for dipping. Just forgo the naan,
pita bread, and crackers to ensure that you
keep your carb count
Did you know the word “hummus” translates
to “chickpea” in Arabic, which makes sense
because chickpeas are the main ingredient
According to various historical sources, the
earliest mention of hummus dates back 13th
How is Hummus Made?
Hummus is a thick paste that is made with
chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans.
It is prepared by rinsing and draining a can
of chickpeas, reserving half of the liquid.
The rinsed chickpeas are then blended in a
food processor or blender and a little bit
of the reserved liquid is added.
Next, add in a squirt of lemon juice, a healthy
spoonful of tahini, a clove of garlic and
a sprinkling each of kosher salt and cracked
black pepper. Blend while slowly adding olive
oil, until it forms a rich, thick paste. The
consistency should be smooth like peanut butter,
without any chunks.
Taste the hummus, adjust the seasoning (if
necessary), and serve in a small dip bowl.
If you have company coming over, a hollowed
out red bell pepper makes an extra fancy dip
bowl in which to serve your hommade hummus.
Top with a drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle
some paprika or fresh parsley on top and serve.
Facts and Health Benefits:
Chickpeas contain powerful antioxidants, like
Manganese, which protects against free radicals.
Free radicals are molecules that can cause
damage to your body’s cells.
Hummus is filled with a number of nutrients
that promote good health. It contains protein
to help keep you feeling full for longer periods
of time and is a good source of phosphate.
It also lowers cholesterol and reduces the
risk of breast cancer in women. Not to mention,
it is rich in iron and great for those who
have iron deficiencies.
Hummus is also high in fiber, which supports
a healthy colon. The fiber in chickpeas is
instrumental in helping you feel full as well
as aiding in healthy bowel movements. For
this reason, you may find a serving of hummus
to be a great solution to constipation, often
encountered by Keto dieters. Hummus just might
be the answer to your digestive woes.
The fiber in chickpeas is insoluble, which
means that it stays intact all the way to
the end of your large intestine. This fiber
also supports the cells that line the insides
of your intestinal walls, helping to lower
your risk of colon cancer.
Chickpeas contain properties to improve insulin
resistance and stabilize blood sugar. They
lower cholesterol, support digestion, and
decrease inflammation in the body. Chickpeas
also improve bone health, heart health, and
Tahini (Sesame Seed Oil) – A healthy fat,
high in amino acids. Works as a natural anti-depressant.
Provides gall bladder support and detoxifies
Olive Oil – Healthy fat buffers insulin
spikes. It has anti-inflammatory properties,
supports the cardiovascular system, and is
rich in vitamin E.
Tahini – Detoxifies the liver.
Lemon – Prevents kidney stones and is high
in vitamin C.
Garlic – An anti-microbial and anti-cancer
Sea salt – Composed
of 94 minerals.
Which Keto-Friendly Dips Can I Enjoy?
Mutabal or Moutabel is a smoky Middle Eastern
dip. It’s key ingredient is eggplant, a
lower carb alternative to chickpeas. This
delicious, creamy dip is a wonderful way to
use eggplant, a vegetable that is often overlooked.
A 1/4 cup serving of Mutabal contains only
6 grams of carbs.
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There you’ll also find a recipe for Baba
Baba ganoush is another dip similar to hummus,
but made with eggplant. If you’ve never
tried baba ganoush, you should! It has a unique,
delicious flavor and rich, creamy texture.
Like chickpeas, eggplant is rich in fiber.
However, eggplant is substantially lower in
carbs and calories than chickpeas.
Eggplant also offers a powerful antioxidant
that chickpeas lack, called nasunin. This
antioxidant helps improve the flow of blood
to your brain and also helps to remove the
effects of free radicals from your brain cells.
Eggplant is high in vitamin C, which supports
your immune system and contains anthocyanins
which support heart health.
For these reasons, Baba ganoush makes a fantastic
low carb alternative to hummus. It contains
around 72 fewer calories per cup than hummus
and a total carb count of only 7 grams per
¼ cup serving.
Now let me ask, how do you eat your hummus?
Do you include hummus in your diet? Which
low carb alternatives do you enjoy instead
of hummus? I’d love to hear your opinions
in the comment secion below.
* Of course, if you have any questions about
hummus that we didn’t answer in this video,
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best to answer your question.
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