Diabetics are always searching for foods that are known to prevent a spike in blood glucose. With that said, we will look at hummus. It is worth recalling that diabetic-friendly foods are an indication that it is high in fiber, and possibly protein, but low on the carb end. What then is hummus?
What is Hummus?
Hummus is made from chickpeas. It is pureed and then things such as lime/lemon juice, salt, oil, tahini, pepper, garlic, other seasonings, herbs and spices are added. In the same way as different people make hummus to their taste, there are some varieties with nuts.
If you have ever eaten chickpeas before, you would agree that it is a versatile food and consequently, we can do a lot to adjust the taste. I love chickpea and I use them to control my blood sugar.
Let us now turn our attention to the nutrients to be had from eating hummus. Also, remember that we need to see the link with diabetes. The question remains the same, “Is hummus good for diabetics?
Nutritional Content of Hummus with Diabetics in Mind
Below is a table that gives the nutritional content of 100 grams of hummus. This will vary a bit dependent on the brand. Yes, for now, we are looking at the store-bought hummus, but we will also look at a recipe. Take a look at the table now:
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The protein content means that diabetics will feel full for longer when they consume hummus. This is definitely a step in the correct direction. The fiber content does a similar thing as it keeps us feeling full for longer and additionally it prevents that horrible blood sugar spike.
It is worth noting that hummus is a fine example of a plant protein, that has proven to be a healthy option for diabetics. If you are like me, you eat mostly vegetables some weeks and others you do eat animal protein.
The sodium content is a bit high and so that is why I am an advocate for homemade hummus. Stay tuned for a recipe.
A Note About the Carbohydrate in this Chickpea Delight
Eating fewer carbohydrates has its benefits. Included are weight loss, decreased blood sugar, and inflammation. Let me however hasten to add that the carbs causing the problem are from highly processed foods.
Above all, remember that vegetables below ground such as carrots have more carbs and that those leafy greens such as spinach have fewer carbs. Even so, whole foods are safer than the processed stuff from the supermarket.
Healthy Blood Sugar, and Appetite Control for Diabetics
Foods with a high fiber content are great for us, especially diabetics. When we are kept full for a longer time, we eat less, and therefore we will have less glucose wreaking havoc in our blood.
Let me hasten to point out that I eat hummus regardless of the carbohydrate content. The result is amazing for me. All foods along the peas and beans have been serving me well. I find that I don’t get that horrible blood sugar spike when I eat these plant-based proteins.
I must however confess that I use moderation because some foods like chickpea and red beans are prone to weight gain in my case. A small serving (1/4 to 1/2 cup) keeps my blood sugar happy. It is a balancing act to control blood sugar. Hence, dependent on what else I am eating for the day, I eat 1/2 cup of chickpeas.
For me, hummus is a lovely before-bed snack that keeps me full during the night and prevents that high fasting blood sugar. Hummus is good food for diabetics.
Hummus Recipe for Diabetics
I don’t believe in re-inventing the wheel. This video will teach you to make delicious, creamy, and healthy hummus at home. Go ahead and watch the video below.
Did you know that tahini sauce can be made with sesame seeds, oil, and salt? Check out this next video below and stop paying for tahini.
I love learning from this couple, so HERE is the WEBSITE if you prefer to read.
The fight against diabetes is real and it is a struggle. It has however become clear to me that this battle must be won with food and exercise. Hummus is an excellent food for diabetics and it is possible to make it from the comfort of your home.
Go ahead and use lifestyle changes of diet and exercise to rid yourself of diabetes.