Using Baking Soda

When cooking chickpeas, baking soda is used to soften the peas. Some say it affects the nutritional value and the flavor of the hummus. I tend to disagree.

One of the comments I do remember out of the batch I accidentally deleted earlier today (see the last post), was about baking soda. The person who wrote it noted that it has negative effect on the nutritional value, and also gives the hummus a soapy after taste.

He/she specifically mentioned the content of vitamin B which is presumed to be lost while cooking when using baking soda. Read more

The Hummus Diet: cause it works mate!

Yes, it sounds crazy, but you can eat hummus and actually get thin. Just don’t eat too much of them pita breads.

A friend of my parents (who’s a medical doctor, by the way) tried the Blood Type Diet a few years back. According to the theory, he was supposed to eat lots of proteins and very little carbohydrates if any. It didn’t go so well with meat so he tried hummus, and soon lost 16 kg (20 pounds).

It should come as no surprise to you if you know a bit about hummus. I already discussed the nutritional virtues of hummus in prior posts so I won’t go into too much details this time, but the fact is that hummus is really good for you. In every aspect.

Not only is it highly nutritional (as long as it’s made from dried chickpeas, not canned ones), but it’s also good for your metal health, and if it’s made properly (ok, recipe) than it should not make you heavy at all - just satiated for a few hours. Read more

Hummus-Ful: Simplicity of Delicacy

The second most common variety of hummus based dish, after the basic hummus-bi-tahini (regular hummus), is the Hummus-Ful combination. A delicious, beautiful and nutritionally perfect combination, which millions eat every day.

Hummus (chickpeas) and Ful (fava beans) is kind of a Yin-Yang combination. They complement each other perfectly in taste, texture and even color. Read more

Are Falafel and Tahini nutritious too?

OK, so hummus is good for you. But what about falafel and tahini? And all that olive oil? Lets shed some light.

In a recent posts I already explained how nutritious Hummus is (I’m talking about REAL hummus of course, freshly made from dried chickpeas. Here’s the recipe).

Recently, a few people asked me about the nutritional benefits of other middle-eastern dishes, such as falafel, tahini and olive oil. So here are the basic facts.
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Hummus SSRI-effect & the Tryptophan rich diet

Chickpeas and tahini, the major ingredients of hummus, contain essential amino acids which has a very similar effect to that of anti-depressants. Don’t be surprised if one day in the near future your doctor will prescribe you some hummus.

In a recent post I addressed the fascinating issue of hummus’s anti-depression and anti-anxiety potential. To be exact, hummus has some nutrients that may affect mood in certain dosages. This is somewhat similar to how an SSRI drug (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) like Prozac, Seroxat or Cipralex works.

SSRIs prolongs the presence of free serotonin in the brain. The postponed absorption of serotonin (a crucial neurotransmitter) into the brain cells, would usually result in diminished symptoms of depression, stress, anxiety and compulsive behaviour, thus make one “happier”.
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Hummus: nutritional facts

Hummus is a nutritional treasure. It’s not only delicious to eat, but also contain lots of vitamins, minerals, amino acids.See Also: Hummus, is it good for your Diet?

It’s hard to be decisive when talking about hummus in general. There are different kinds of hummus, in which the exact quantities of each ingredient vary. So it’s a little hard to be precise, but I can tell you: hummus is certainly good for you!

By the way: we are talking solely about homemade – or at list handmade – hummus (recipe). Industrial packaged hummus is not that healthy.

So what does hummus contain?

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Is Hummus good for your diet?

There’s a little argue about the culinary virtues of hummus. There is some confusion and misunderstanding about it’s nutritional value, though. Is hummus good for you? Is it good for your health? Will it make you fat? Is it really that rich in vitamins and other healthy stuff, or is all that merely a myth, encouraged by people with commercial interests?

Also read: Hummus Nutritional Facts

In the coming posts I’ll try to clear things up a little. This time, we’ll talk specifically about the alleged fattening affect of hummus.
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