Hummus isn’t as popular as it should be. It has numerous health benefits. In fact, as per a research, Hummus promotes the production of Serotonin, the happy hormone (Source). It is recommended for people who can’t sleep well. It is also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and hence helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases. Read on to know facts about Hummus, its origin, its benefits, nutrition and more.
1. World Hummus Day is celebrated on May 13th
This day is celebrated by eating Hummus in breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It isn’t clear why May 13th was chosen the International Hummus Day.
It could have some connection to the US Day of Fruit Cocktail or the day of the tulips or the day of the apple pie or the international World Cocktail Day, remains unclear. All of these are also celebrated on May 13th.
2. Hummus promotes happiness
Consumption of Hummus promotes the release of the Serotonin hormone that stimulates happiness. It is ideal to combat depressive symptoms. It is also recommended to those who suffer from insomnia. It promotes good mood and basic well-being by maintaining cardiovascular health, since it is rich in Omega 3 fatty acid.
3. Promotes muscle elasticity
One of the components of Hummus is retinol that promotes the elasticity of muscle tissues. It is therefore highly recommended for those who are building muscles or are working on improving the fitness of their body.
4. Hummus has Arabic origin
The term hummus has its roots in the Arabic hummus and literally means chickpea. In Hebrew, chickpea paste is called חומוס (, xumus), in Turkish humus, in French houmous. In English and German, the original spelling has been adopted.
There are some suggestions according to which Hummus might have been first made in Egypt in the 13th century.
5. Hummus popularity in the Middle East
Hummus is a popular appetizer and a widely loved dish in the entire Middle East. Hummus is a national dish in Lebanon, Syria, Israel and Palestine. As a rule, cold appetizers are served or consumed in these regions along with pita flatbread and other so-called mezze (Levantine appetizers).
6. Hummus usage
Traditionally, beans and chickpeas are boiled down until they are pureed into a mush. This porridge is stirred with Tahina, olive oil and lemon juice to a cream, which then receives crushed garlic, cumin, pepper and salt the appropriate seasoning. There are many recipe variants in different countries. In some places, yogurt is added in the final step.
Hummus can be stored in the refrigerator for several days.
7. Hummus is very healthy
Hummus is rich in fiber and protein. It makes a great replacement for mayonnaise.