Hummus provides both fiber and plant protein and snackers make it easy to enjoy conveniently. Hummus is also a great plant based protein option if you are opting for a plant based diet or wanting more variety of proteins. Although it does not yield as much protein per serving as most animal proteins.
For this Friday’s food talk, we picked Hummus snackers. We tested this popular snack food item in our food rating system (Food Coach). This is what we found!
Hummus Snacker, Food Coach Rating:
This food seems to have these healthy qualities:
- Moderate in calories per serving
- A Healthy balance of fat, carbohydrates, and ditary fiber
- A Healthy balance of saturated fat and contains zero trans fat
- Healthy balance of added sugars
- Great source of iron
However, this food is rated as a red dot food due to being high in sodium which can have negative health effects if consumed unconsciously! A high sodium diet is believed to increase blood pressure which is a known risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Food Coach recommends no more than 115 mg sodium per 100-125 calories on a generally healthy diet.
These snacker’s nutrition facts are based on the entire unit including the crackers and hummus dip, therefor the sodium content includes the amount for both. Being mindful of how often you consume these snackers will help you reach your health goals.
Also please be aware that this food seems low in protein for its calorie level. This food is also not a significant source of calcium, potassium, or vitamin D. Make sure you get these nutrients in your diet from other healthy food sources and some vitamin D from sunlight exposure.
Food Coach Recommendations: This food may be incorporated into your diet but should be consumed with caution to be in balance with your daily caloric and nutrients need. No one food is perfect so you need to include foods from all food groups on a generally healthy diet (whole grains, whole fruits, vegetables, lean meats, eggs, fish, beans, legumes, lentils, and low-fat dairy) with minimally added sugar, fat, salt, and other food additives.
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Written by: Mackenzie Merriman Nutrition Student & Intern