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International Hummus Day is a fairly youthful celebration, first celebrated in 2012 on the initiative of American businessman Ben Lang, who previously lived in Israel. And although in our country the “day of hummus” is celebrated virtually all year round, in honor of such an event, we decided to remember once again that its consumption is not only delicious, but also very healthy.

Hummus is a favorite of Israelis, made with chickpeas, olive oil, tahini (sesame paste), lemon juice and spices. In recent years, hummus has become increasingly popular far beyond the Middle East, especially among vegetarians, gluten-free dieters, and people who are just trying to eat right and lead a healthy lifestyle.

The secret of the benefits of this dish lies mainly in its main ingredient – chickpeas, which are also called Turkish or lamb peas, cyst and in Hebrew – actually hummus. It is highly recommended to include it in the diet of people who follow a diet, as it normalizes blood sugar levels. Chickpeas also improve metabolism, strengthen the immune system, help reduce the content of “bad” cholesterol in the blood, prolong the feeling of satiety and give a strong boost of energy.

Helps control appetite and weight loss

Chickpeas contain insoluble fiber that provides energy to the body and helps cleanse the intestines of toxins and toxins. Its calorie content is low – 100 grams of raw product contain, depending on the variety, from 310 to 360 kilocalories. Like other legumes, chickpeas are an excellent source of fiber (9.9 grams per 100 grams) and protein (20.1 grams per 100 grams), making meals prepared from them satisfying and appetizing.

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For example, soups based on chickpeas, beans or lentils contain high doses of dietary fiber and durable starch, which can help you feel fuller for longer and reduce cravings for sugary and unhealthy foods. Chickpeas can be even more filling when combined with other healthy whole foods such as vegetables or organic goat cheese. These foods are low in calories and full of essential fiber and protein.

It strengthens the heart and helps lower cholesterol

Studies have shown that people who follow a diet rich in dietary fiber generally have a lower risk of heart disease. Chickpeas are high in fiber, as well as potassium, B vitamins, iron, magnesium and selenium, so their consumption helps strengthen the cardiovascular system.

According to studies, chickpeas in the diet also affect the reduction of dyslipidemia, a violation of the normal ratio of lipids in the blood. Thus, daily consumption of 130 grams of chickpeas (about half a cup) can reduce the level of “bad” cholesterol by about 5 percent. This effect is achieved due to the fiber contained in the grains. Chickpeas are also rich in methionine, an amino acid that helps break down “bad” cholesterol and prevents fatty liver.

Normalizes blood sugar levels

Legumes are known to have a low glycemic index, which makes them an excellent choice for diabetics. According to research, eating chickpeas helps maintain blood sugar levels, which is especially noticeable in the long run. Scientists attribute this effect to the high fiber content of chickpeas, which slows down the absorption of glucose and prevents its sudden release into the bloodstream.

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Improves digestion

Eating foods high in resistant starch, such as chickpeas, can also improve digestive health by supporting a healthy gut flora. A study published in The British Journal of Nutrition in 2012 found that diets containing chickpeas help improve gut health and also relieve constipation.

Like other legumes and high-fiber foods, eating chickpeas can cause flatulence. To prevent such unpleasant symptoms, the gradual addition of hummus to the diet will help.

Prolongs youth

After the age of thirty, many people experience the first signs of aging – their skin becomes duller and the first wrinkles and dark spots appear on the face. Surprisingly, chickpeas will also help you deal with this problem and maintain a youthful and glowing look! Manganese in its composition fights free radicals that cause wrinkles, while folic acid and vitamin B act as fuel for skin cells and repair damage caused by the sun and toxic compounds. Thus, the daily consumption of chickpeas helps to slow down the aging process, makes the skin more elastic and restores its healthy glow.

Nadya Vazhnin, “Details”

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