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19 Jan 2010

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Hi Dietdoc,

My boyfriend and I are trying to lose a bit of weight. I' ve got a recipe for Hummus which is 500ml chickpeas, 2 tablespoons tahini, 160ml lemon juice and 2 garlic cloves.

Would you say this eaten with carrot sticks or something similar is healthy and low fat, in terms particularly of cholestrol. I can only think that the tahini has fat in, but not sure how much.

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01 Jan 0001

Dear Jane
As I mentioned to another Reader on the 18th, Hummus is rich in plant protein and contains No cholesterol because it is made from legumes (e.g. chickpeas). However hummus has relatively high energy and fat contents because it is made with tahini (extract of sesame seeds) which is rich in plant oil. The average composition of hummus per 100g is: Energy = 166 kcal or 697 kJ; total fat = 10g; saturated fat = 1.6 g; sodium = 380 mg; carbohydrate = 14,2 g; dietary fibre = 6 g; plant protein = 7,7g. Weigh how much hummus and falafel you eat and calculate the energy and nutrient intakes for your typical servings. Eating hummus with raw vegetables is a healthy option, but don't eat too much if you are slimming because of the high fat content. Hummus also has a higher dietary fibre content, but contains less plant protein per 100g. Hummus has a low glycaemic index, making it an excellent food.
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