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I really like hummus, but I guess I was just wondering, is it good for you??

Tue. Mar 28, 12:05am

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a little too fatty

... but I think it's "good" fats: olive oil, garbanzo beans, spices.

Not to feed into your love of it, but have you tried the Trader Joe's hummus. Yum!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 12:23 AM

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Humus is a very healthy food. It often includes tehina, too, which makes it a complete protein. It's not very low calorie, but the quantity of oil in it varies with the recipe. If you feel very ambitious, you can make humus at home fairly easily, as long as you have a blender or food processor. Then you would control the amount of oil in it.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 3:00 AM

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I agree... a very healthy food! may not be low cal, but at least the fats are good fats.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 7:00 AM

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I always thought it was high-cal, but then I realized it is only 25 calories for 1 tbsp, and 1.5 gram of fat. That is comparable with most lo-cal salad dressings, but hummus has protein that helps keep you feeling full longer.

Eat it on veggies - - I love it with peppers - it makes for a very low calorie, low fat snack. If you are dipping it is easy to over do it, but I measure out 1 tbsp to make sure I don't eat more than my serving, and I am very satisfied.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 7:38 AM

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Does anyone else get gas from hummus?

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 10:43 AM

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Hummus is great for you! It is much lower in fat and calories than other dips. It's great on a veggie sandwich to add protein.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 11:06 AM

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I used to find a hummus at Kroger's (a grocery chain) that did NOT have garlic in it-- it was called "lemon lovers"... and it was awesome!

Now, however, they've either changed the recipe or gotten a different brand, because I cannot find it any more.... :-(

I like hummus that is not too garlicky-- sometimes the garlic gives me gas and it ALWAYS gives me bad breath (and stinky farts--sorry for the uncouth description.)

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 11:48 AM

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Regarding the question about gas (the 10:43 poster): chick peas (aka garbanzo beans) are members of the legume family. all legumes cause some degree of gas. some people create more than others; and some types of legumes create more than others. i've heard that if you slowly increase the amount of legumes you eat, your body will adapt and make less gas.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 3:39 PM

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The best way to minimize gas is to chew food thoroughly, b/c saliva helps start the digestion process. With hummus, since it's soft, you may be more apt to just swallow it, without properly "mixing" with saliva. Try to be conscious of chewing your food, and the gas should get better too.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 3:08 PM

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I definitely second the vote on chewing thoroughly. This is especially true when eating things that are high in fiber, or whole grains! :-)

Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 6:57 PM

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