Is Hummus Fattening
Is Hummus Fattening?
Is hummus fattening? A similar questions might be - are avocados fattening? Both hummus and the avocado contain plenty of calories and plenty of fat as well. However, the fat in both is vegetable fat, not the type of fat that is found in meat or dairy products. In addition, the fat contained in hummus is an unsaturated fat, not so likely to stick to your ribs or clog your arteries as is the case with saturated fats. Still, the fat grams in hummus do add up, as do the calories if you decide to eat plenty of this good food.
Is hummus fattening? The answer would have to be a somewhat qualified yes. Eaten in excess it can be, but when eaten in small portions the answer is no, or at least probably not. The fat contained in hummus is actually good for the heart, and hummus is also a good source of carbohydrates, fiber, and protein. It is certainly much less fattening and healthier as a dip than is sour cream, or a dip containing cheese.
Nutritious And Filling - Hummus is one of those foods which, while containing fat, is at the same time highly nutritious. The nutritional gains probably more than balance any possibility of putting on weight. Another thing that hummus has going for it is it tends to be quite filling. You aren't likely to eat a whole lot of it, and if you do eat a fair portion, you may feel too full to eat that pie and ice cream you had planned for desert. Hummus may or may not be a good choice if you're on a weight reduction program. Depending upon how you go about it, humus may actually assist in weight loss, or it could make weight loss more difficult. All in all, things probably work out more or less neutral from a weight gain or loss perspective.
For those who may unfamiliar with hummus, it's a Mediterranean food. Its main ingredients are garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas, and ground sesame (tahini), in combination with soybean or olive oil to make a dip or spread. There are a number of brands of hummus which are flavored, for those who may find the unflavored type somewhat bland. Some add their own flavoring to spice the dip up a bit. Some of the more popular flavorings include jalapeno, roasted red pepper, and ground nuts. Lemon flavored hummus can enhance the taste of some fish dishes when used as a spread.
Crackers No, Veggies Yes - Back to the question, is hummus fattening? We've been dancing around the subject a little up to this point, saying maybe yes and maybe no. What the answer more than likely boils down to is what you eat with it. It makes a great dip for crackers, or with a vegetable platter, and is a nice spread on pita bread. If the crackers are loaded with saturated fats, or heaven forbid trans fats, and taste so good when dipped in hummus you eat more and more, you could definitely say what you are eating is fattening. As a vegetable dip, the answer is more likely to be no. Even if carrots or celery dipped in hummus were to be slightly fattening, you'd be getting tons of nutrients in any event, and probably would be healthier when you finished your meal than you were when you started.
Make Your Own - If you have yet to try hummus you might consider doing so. Those in the know will tell you that homemade hummus is generally better tasting, or at least can be, than is the store-bought product, and it's not all that difficult to make. Home-made hummus also tends to have fewer calories per serving, plus you'll know exactly what's in the hummus, because you put it there. Is hummus fattening? Let's just say - who cares?