Tastefully Nutritious

Published March 9, 2016

Hummus

Hummus is a dish commonly prepared in the Middle East. It is usually creamy and made from mashed chickpeas and other ingredients which include lemon juice, tahini, and oil packed with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. The meal which is known to be very nutritious also contains a high amount of protein and fiber, helps lower type-2 diabetes risk, cholesterol and heart diseases.

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Health benefits of hummus

  • Good Source of Plant-Based Protein

Hummus is an excellent source of plant proteins thus a proper diet for vegetarians. The chickpeas which are the primary ingredients are high in protein which provides essential amino acids needed by the body for growth. Tahini which is made from sesame seeds is also a good source of essential amino acids, especially methionine which creates a complete protein when used with chickpeas.

  • Decreases inflammation

The body uses inflammation as a natural defense mechanism to move toxins out of the body. Foods that help reduce inflammation are known to lessen the chance of diseases and arthritis and help heal the body. Chickpeas, garlic and olive oil, are ingredients present in hummus, and they are individually known to contain anti-inflammatory qualities.  Chickpeas are known to reduce blood clots while olive oil can help the body with healthy cholesterol levels.

  • High in Vitamins and Minerals

Hummus ingredients offer an excellent combination of essential micronutrients in addition to fiber and protein. The chickpeas are a good source of B vitamins, Folate, iron and phosphorus. The lemon juice is a good source of antioxidants and vitamin C while garlic contains trace minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants. Tahini is high in magnesium, copper iron, and calcium.

  • Weight Management

The high amount of fiber and proteins in hummus makes you feel full and thus control the amount of food that you take hence aiding in weight loss. It is known that a greater number of population that frequently eats hummus have lesser chance of being obese.

Other benefits of humus include; bone health, heart health, cancer, boosts energy, helps in digestion and prevents anemia.

Peanut butter

Peanut butter is a food paste made from grounded peanuts and other ingredients. It is mostly used as a spread for a sandwich.

Health Benefits of Peanut Butter

  • Rich in antioxidants

The peanuts used in making peanut butter have high levels of antioxidants. The anti-oxidants are important to the body since they help to prevent blood clots and prevent the damage of blood vessels as well as reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Research done by scientists at the University of Florida showed that the levels of antioxidants are boosted up to 22% just by consumption of peanut butter or roasted peanuts.

  • Rich in fiber and protein

It has been proved that two tablespoons of peanut give your body a lot of protein and 2 grams of fiber which is important for the functioning of the body. Peanut butter is a food rich in protein and, as a result, makes you feel fuller and for a longer time. This is important as it aids in weight loss.

  • High in vitamins and minerals

Peanut butter is rich in potassium, magnesium, niacin, folate, riboflavin vitamins E and B6, which are very crucial for the proper functioning of the body. Peanut Butter also has small amounts of selenium, copper, iron, and manganese which can get to the right levels if consumed in a healthy diet.

Other benefits of peanut butter include; healthy fat, energy booster, nutrients, weight loss and a healthy heart.

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