Still on cloud nine from celebrating my anniversary this week and I’ve been thinking more about what my diet was like gearing up for my wedding. I remember eating red pepper slices and some hummus almost everyday for a snack before dinner. And this is something I still do!
Hummus is very nutritious if made fresh and can be a great pick me up that replaces processed junk in vending machines at work or prepackaged “health” bars. It’s got a combo of protein and fiber to keep you from craving junk. I throw hummus and a red pepper or a few carrots or celery sticks right in my bag before work almost everyday. It’s too easy.
I’ve been making my own hummus for many years. I don’t buy the pre-made stuff for lots of reasons. Please don’t cuss when you find out what’s in your packaged hummus!
1 – Almost all pre-packed hummus on the market uses either soybean oil or canola oil. Both of these are the cheapest oils to use and if you have been reading my blog, you know these oils offset the balance of Omega 3 fatty acids to Omega 6 fatty acids. This imbalance is what is causing so many people to be Omega 3 deficient. Study after study has shown that Omega 3 deficiency causes several chronic diseases like cancer, depression and arthritis.
2 – Soybeans, corn and canola (rapeseed) are grown with lots of genetically modified seeds and sprayed with a ton of pesticides. Pesticides cause all sorts of problems such as neurological, reproductive and endocrine disorders. This is why I eat organic whenever possible.
These are reasons enough for me not to buy the packaged stuff.
But it gets worse….
3 – Many brands add Potassium Sorbate as a food preservative to keep the hummus from molding or growing yeast. This ingredient has been known to cause skin allergies with prolonged use. Ever wonder why you can’t get rid of that eczema? This could be the culprit.
4 – Sodium Benzoate is another preservative added to commercial hummus – when combined with Vitamin C this can produce benzene that has been known to cause Leukemia and other cancers. It’s a small risk this may happen, but why should the consumer be put at risk in the first place?
5 – Phosphoric Acid is a chemical added hummus to add a tangy or sour taste to the product. They use this inorganic chemical because it is cheaper than using real lemon juice. This chemical has been known to promote osteoporosis, leaching calcium from our bones. No thanks.
And drum roll please….
6 – One of the biggest mass producers of hummus “Athenos” uses High Fructose Corn Syrup.
Enough said. Please make your own hummus or come over and I’ll share!
Here’s one of my favorite recipes for hummus, it’s inspired off another blog I read recently thanks to my friend Rachel at work! (Thanks Rachel!)
- 1 can of “Eden Farms” organic garbanzo beans
- 1 TBSP organic tahini
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- ¼ tsp salt
- fresh cracked black pepper
- juice of one lemon
- juice of one orange
- 2 large carrots chopped
- 1 small beet chopped
- handful of cilantro
- 1 tsp of maple syrup (optional if you like it sweeter)
- Drain garbanzo beans and give them a quick rinse
- Combine all ingredients except olive oil in food processor/blender and blend
- Once combined, scrape sides
- Start blending again and add olive oil slowing into mixture while it is blending
- Remove all hummus into an air tight container and serve or refrigerate up to 5 days.