Hummus for Heart Health

Simple food swaps can have a big impact on cholesterol levels. Want an easy flip from health robbing to health giving? Switch your dip!

Creamy dips like ranch or french onion often contain saturated fat – which is associated with elevated cholesterol levels. Instead of reaching for these fatty dips, try hummus instead. This Middle-Eastern favorite has a winning combination of ingredients, especially for those working to improve cholesterol numbers.

Cholesterol Crushing Ingredient Line-Up

 

Chickpeas

These fiber packed legumes have been shown to beneficially impact cholesterol levels. Their soluble fiber content clings to saturated fat and cholesterol from the diet, helping it pass from the body. They also contain a fair amount of protein – which helps keep cravings at bay.

Tahini (sesame seed butter)

While rich in fat, it mostly contains good fats. Tahini is also high in protein and fiber so it delivers an extended feeling of fullness. Sesame seeds contain plant sterols which help block dietary cholesterol absorption. Plus, tahini is packed with calcium.

Garlic

This aromatic food has been used for centuries to treat numerable ailments. Clinical studies suggest it has the ability to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and may even raise HDL (good) cholesterol. It adds flavor and heart-healthy benefits to hummus!

Olive Oil

Monounsaturated fat is a heart healthy fat – and olive oil is full of it. Extra virgin olive oil is a wonderful addition to a diet seeking to address cholesterol. It is a staple of the heart-healthy Mediterranean Diet. Extra virgin olive oil can help protect the heart and benefit cholesterol levels.

Try It For Yourself!

Instead of dipping veggies in fatty dips filled with fake ingredients, give healthy hummus a try! It is delicious on cucumber slices, carrot sticks, sliced bell peppers and more. Hummus is also a tasty substitute for mayo on sandwiches or for cheese on whole grain crackers. It could become your favorite snack.

Hummus is easy to find at the grocery stores, but it is simple to make, too! Try this Homemade Hummus recipe.

 

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