Hummus. It’s not the most popular dip around; salsa’s got it beat by a landslide. Yet over the past several decades, hummus has been increasingly making its way into people’s shopping carts. But have you ever wondered if the chickpea-based dip is really good for you? The nutrition team at Consumer Reports took a look.
If there was a nutrition contest for dips, hummus would win the top prize in the “best all-around” category. Each 2-tablespoon serving packs quite a nutritional punch, including heart-healthy fat, 2 to 3 grams of protein, and about 3 grams of fiber.
Most of the health benefits come from the chickpeas. They’re chock-full of key nutrients such as B vitamins, calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. And they’re part of a class of legumes called pulses, which have been shown to offer several health benefits.