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Food and nutrition / June 20, 2016

Hummus Vs. Guacamole

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Do you like to dip? Whether crisps, pita, breadsticks or veggies are your weapon of choice, they all come second place to the star of the show - the dip. 

 

We've checked out the credentials of 2 of the most popular - hummus (aka houmous) and guacamole, so you can choose which delight you want to dip into!

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Ingredients

Let's start with the ingredients of both - hummus is traditionally made from chickpeas, tahini (a sesame seed paste), olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. Guacamole from avocado, cream, tomato, cilantro and jalapeno peppers. A pretty good show from both sides in terms of whole food ingredients. 

Calories

When it comes to calories, although they certainly don't tell the whole story. both hummus and guacamole are pretty high - a 25g serving of hummus contains 80 calories and the same amount of guacamole, 51 calories. So be sure to exercise some portion control when you're snacking by pre-measuring out your dip. 

Carbs

Cutting back on carbs? Go for guacamole - it contains 3 times less carbohydrates than hummus.

Protein

Chickpeas are an awesome source of meatless protein. It's no surprise that hummus wins this as it contains nearly 7.7g of protein per 100g, whereas guacamole contains 1.9g. 

Fats

Yay! Both hummus and guacamole are full of healthy fats! The main source of fat in guacamole, avocado, is full of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. In chickpeas, the fat is found in the monounsaturated rich olive oil and polyunsaturated and monounsaturated tahini. Find out more about healthy fats here

Other stuff

Both guacamole and hummus are packed full of fiber - great for keeping you full and things ticking over in the digestive department. Guacamole has good levels of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant which helps the body form and maintain connective tissue, skin and bones. 

The verdict

When it comes to your dip, as long as you exercise restraint and don't eat the whole pot then you're good to go with whatever you enjoy the most. Feeling healthy? Then dip carrot, celery and peppers for a double dose of goodness!

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Written by Lisa

Coming from being a professional dancer, I transitioned into fitness because I couldn't stay still! In addition to partner management at MoveUSA, I teach fitness classes throughout NYC and spend my time eating, sleeping and breathing fitness! When not thinking about fitness, I'm taking a business course at FIT NYC. What keeps me motivated? Wanting to live the healthiest life possible and de-stress the natural way ;)

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