Remember when Samantha from Sex in The City 2 revealed that hummus has natural estrogen? Of course, you do. And Sam wasn’t wrong at all, you see hummus is made from chickpeas, and it is a very well-known aphrodisiac.
According to experts and studies, hummus (or chickpeas) is loaded with vitamin B6, which is known for its libido-boosting qualities. Other ingredients like garlic and olive oil that are added to the mix make hummus a potent aphrodisiac.
But ladies, hummus is not just about revving up your orgasms, but there is more to it. To know it all, we got in touch with celebrity nutritionist, Parul Malhotra, and she reveals that hummus is a woman’s BFF.
Women who are vegetarian or vegan struggle to achieve their daily protein requirements. Consuming enough protein is extremely essential for optimal growth, recovery, and immune function.
Chickpeas and sesame in hummus are a great source of plant-based protein, which can add up to the protein requirements through the day.
“Hummus is rich in fibre, protein (from chickpeas and sesame), and healthy fats (from olive oil and sesame). These nutrients make hummus quite satiating. Thus, having hummus can keep you full for a longer period of time and helps you stay away from unnecessary snacking,” says Parul.
Moreover, the healthy choices you make to eat along with hummus as a dip like whole grain bread, fruits, and veggies further help in the weight management process.
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Iron deficiency or anemia is quite prevalent amongst women, especially in their reproductive age. Hummus is a good source of iron and the lemon juice present in it can enhance the absorption of iron in the body. So, it’s a win-win.
Thus adding hummus to a women’s daily diet will not only help in protecting them from getting iron defiency, but also treat those already suffering from it.
“Chickpeas in hummus work as an excellent source of manganese, which helps fight free radicals, and molybdenum. This helps to detoxify skin by removing sulphites. Other nutrients such as folate and vitamin B nourish skin cells and repair damage from the sun and harmful toxins,” suggests Parul.
The antioxidants and vitamin E coming from olive oil help in repairing the damage done to the skin, due to excessive sun exposure.
Hummus contains 20 essential amino acids, including tryptophan, phenylalanine, and tyrosine, all of which contribute to the production of serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone known to produce happiness.
Research has shown that mood disorders, including 09, and depression can be improved with the help of omega-3, and hummus has that too.
Moderation is the essence of healthy eating. Having too much hummus will add on to your calories throughout the day. So, be mindful and limit yourself to 3-4 tablespoons (45-60 gm) of hummus consumption in a day.
Having homemade hummus is more nutritious and healthy than commercial hummus. Enjoy it as a dip with snacks (carrots, cucumber, celery sticks or baked chips), or as a spread in sandwiches and wraps.
So ladies, it’s hummus for the win!