Archive for February 20, 2013
By 2008, over 15 million Americans stated they ate hummus regularly. A variety of hummus brands exist and each uses similar ingredients to create the popular dip. Many hummus brands even supply hummus recipes for consumers to try.
The dip, commonly used for pita bread or vegetables but also works for a number of other recipes and as a sandwich spread, first appeared in American in the 1960s and 1970s. At first it was only sold in health food stores and took several decades, and some new flavors, to become popular with mainstream consumers.
Hummus is considered a health food because one serving contains one percent of the daily recommended amount of calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and potassium. The chickpeas in hummus are considered a good source of fiber and protein, while the tahini, consisting mostly of sesame seeds, provides a good source of methionine, an essential amino acid.
Some hummus brands are also salsa brands and guacamole brands, an all around group of healthy snack alternatives. Of course hummus dips do not have to appear alone. It is also commonly used in a number of hummus recipes including stuffed chicken and pizza.