It wasn’t so long ago that I didn’t even know what hummus tasted like!  But now, I absolutely crave it.  This creamy, thick dip or spread is made primarily from mashed Garbanzo Beans.  The Latin name means “small ram,” based on their unique shape which resembles a ram’s head.   Over the past 20 years, hummus has become popular worldwide but has been enjoyed in North African and Middle Eastern countries for centuries.  Consumed with almost every meal in Israel, this dietary staple is a delicious and important LIVE YOUNGER strategy due to its anti-inflammatory benefits.  Add zest with Garbanzo Beans!

So what makes Garbanzo Beans, which are also known as Chickpeas, Egyptian peas, and Bengal grams, so beneficial?  Here are some great reasons to START SOMEWHERE adding this legume to your day:

  • Inexpensive and are available all year long, dried or canned
  • A concentrated source of protein
  • Contain insoluble fiber, which is essential for intestinal health, and is a great way to reduce serum cholesterol
  • High in folate, containing 71 percent of daily recommendation
  • Great source of antioxidant compound

I have a new friend who grew up in Poland.  We are in a Functional Medicine Study Club together, and she brings the most delicious hummus to our meetings.  She is an incredible cook and finally convinced me that it is super easy to make starting with raw Garbanzo beans. Here’s the drill:

  1. Rinse and examine them thoroughly.  
  2. Pre-soak them overnight in a large saucepan with three cups of water per cup of beans.  
  3. Drain the Garbanzo Beans and simmer in fresh water for 30-60 minutes, or until tender.
  4. Drain the cooked Garbanzos and reserve water.  

Once cooked, you can process the Garbanzo Beans in a food processor with these five basic ingredients:  Lemon Juice, Tahini (sesame seed paste), Garlic, Sea Salt and Olive Oil along with a few teaspoons of cooking water until it reaches a creamy consistency.  There are lots of yummy recipes and the possibilities are endless.

Garbanzo Beans contain another key element for LIVING YOUNGER that I want to highlight today called molybdenum.  This mineral has long been known to be important and fundamental in healthy soil but it’s also critical to human health.  The molybdenum content in our food is heavily dependent on the quality of soil that the food was raised in.  Like all nutrients, you want to consume the “Goldilocks Amount” – not too little, not too much, but just right.  Generally, if you eat a well-rounded diet of whole foods, you will be in the healthy range and Garbanzo Beans are a good source.  People who consume mostly processed foods can be on the low side of optimal.

Molybdenum is vitally important for the sulfur balance in our bodies.  Sulfur is essential for detoxification of contaminants and requires molybdenum-dependent enzymes.  Our most powerful antioxidant, glutathione, is sulfur containing.  Sulfur is important for the structure of healthy connective tissue and molybdenum gets the party started.  This is just one example of a vital enzymatic reaction requiring molybdenum.

Hopefully you are inspired to START SOMEWHERE adding Garbanzo Beans to your world.  My goal is to make hummus a staple in our home for dipping fresh vegetables in.  It is fantastic mixed with pesto!  Our bodies are incredibly designed and work best when we give them what they were designed to use.  LIVE YOUNGER by making fresh, whole foods a normal part of your day.  Add zest with Garbanzo Beans!  You can do it.  I will help you.  

Add Zest with Garbanzo Beans

Add Zest with Garbanzo Beans