Hummus: The Star of Lebanese Mezze
A guest post, written by Christian Manasci. Christian is a Lebanese blogger with various interests ranging from social media to food and music.”
Hummus is a very popular food in Lebanon/ Middle East that is well known for its nutritional benefits. It was traditionally consumed solely in the region (it is a great example of traditional Lebanese food) but has recently been in demand throughout the globe.
It is made using chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), Tahini (a paste made from ground sesame seeds), lemon juice and oil. It is usually eaten with pita bread or other types of flat bread and is known to be an inexpensive food that is easy to eat on the go.
According to certain sources, Hummus first originated in Ancient Egypt where locals would regularly consume chickpeas. The latter was a common food in ancient Rome as well as Mesopotamia and ancient Palestine.
In terms of nutritional values, Hummus is rich in vitamin C, B6, thiamine and folate. It is quite popular amongst vegetarians. Indeed, chickpeas are high-protein vegetables that contain no cholesterol or saturated fats. Also, the sesame seeds in Tahini contain proteins, calcium and are known to stabilize the blood.
As strange as it may sound, some studies have shown that Hummus can be an effective treatment against anxiety and depression. So, if you needed any more incentives for consuming this dish, that last point should be quite convincing!
Check out this great Hummus recipe for an authentic taste of Lebanese/ Middle Eastern food. It’s quite easy to make: just serve it in a plate, top the dish with some olive oil and enjoy!
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