When it comes to healthy snacking, hummus is a great choice. Traditional hummus is made from chickpeas—also called garbanzo beans—which are part of a food group called pulses. In addition to being high in fiber and protein, a recent study found that pulses play a role in healthy weight management by reducing cravings and helping you feel full after eating.
Hummus also contains healthy fats like those from olive oil, which are known to promote healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels, both of which are important for a healthy heart. Chickpeas are also chock full of beneficial vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin K, zinc, iron, magnesium and folate.