As. Dr. Oz says in his article, After-40 Nutrition: The Surprising Health Benefits of Beans, “Beans are a super healthy, super versatile and super affordable food. Beans are high in antioxidants, fiber, protein, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc. Eating beans regularly may decrease the risk of diabetes, heart disease, colorectal cancer, and helps with weight management. Beans are hearty, helping you feel full so you will tend to eat less.”
As healthy as beans are, however, some people worry about gas. If you avoid these health-promoting gems because of fear-of-flatulence, you might want to check out Dr. Michael Greger’s post on this topic. You can also check try the tips in Pass On The Gas: 7 Ways to Avoid Bean Flatulence on Huffington Post.
This healthy hummus recipe includes the classic garbanzo beans, and I’ve also added some hemp seeds for extra plant-based protein. For a dose of healthy fats, we’re using the traditional tahini. Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds, which are a good source of calcium.
I’ve also added oregano for classic middle eastern flavor — and also because oregano is a powerful antibacterial and antiviral. Add some chopped herbs, smoked paprika and toasted pine nuts for garnish, and you have a pretty and tasty potluck treat.