Hungry for Hummus?

by Leah Rosenberg

When you come to Israel, Hummus will greet you at every street corner. Israeli food is delicious – but this spread seems to go on everything!

Staple Food

Hummus is one of those foods that an Israeli will have you try with anything and everything. You get a falafel – “want hummus?” You order a schnitzel – that can also go with it! And then there is Hummus with ground meat which is one of the most delicious foods you’ll find. Throughout Israel, Jews on Shabbat are dipping their Challah in Hummus!

Different Places, Different Flavors

Each city, place, and restaurant has its own, unique brand. There is the regular version, spicy version, with tehina, roasted red peppers, garlic, and much more! So, where is the best hummus in Israel from? Some say Acre, some say Haifa. What about Tel-Aviv? Wherever in Israel it might be, it is obvious that Israel has the best hummus. It is delicious AND nutritious. What more can you ask for?

It is not only an Israeli food.  Arabs, Christians, Druze all eat it. Just about every middle-eastern country is filled with this dish.

Often, people don’t realize the nutritional value of this Israeli staple.  It does have fat – but it is generally low on saturated fats.

The main nutritional value of this Israeli national favorite is in it’s iron, protein, and dietary fiber.  If you smear on alot on your pita, you do get a significant boost.  Many people say one serving with 2 pieces of pita can take them for an entire afternoon.

In addition, it contains copper, sodium, manganese, calcium, magnesium and zinc.  As far as vitamins, it’s got some Vitamin C, B6, E, K, Folate and Thiamin.

So you have a situation where you get all of the heart-healthy benefits and it tastes great to go along with it.  So, go get yourself some pita and hummus and enjoy lunch!


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