Hummus is the Arabic word for chickpea, so this is the main ingredient in Hummus. Chickpeas are carbs, but Hummus is often made in a base of (olive) oil, so it also has a measurable fat content. In 100g of Hummus there are 20g of carbohydrate and 9g of fat.

Think of Hummus as a carb meal, therefore, but don’t have ‘lashings’ of it with lots of brown bread, for example, or the fat content will start to add up. A good carb meal would be wholemeal pita bread stuffed with grated carrot, salad leaves, pepper slices and Hummus.

Hummus is full of protein and nutrients, so it is a healthy food. There are 5g of protein in 100g of Hummus – so this is a good source of protein for vegetarians.