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Oct 27, 2003 12:53 PM

Is hummus low-carb?

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  1. According to Atkin's carb counter there are 4.6 grams of carbs in 2 tbs of hummus.

    There are 16.2 grams of carbs in 1/2 cup of Chickpeas.

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    1. re: ultbil

      My cat eats 2 tablespoons before deciding she doesn't like something.

      1. re: ultbil

        Here's the link to Atkins' carb counter-- scroll down, it's on the bottom right.

        Note most low carbers when they start out are eating 20-30 g carbs a day (S. Beach, Atkins, and Protein Power, NOT the Zone, Sugar Busters, Carb Addicts' Diet), and then gradually increase over time.


      2. Yes. It's even a Phase 1 food in the South Beach diet so it must be really OK.

        1. Don't forget you can subtract fiber grams from carb grams, and I imagine there's a fair amount of fiber. But beans are not allowed on Atkins induction (first two weeks, or more if you want to lose faster), which is super low-carb. I think they're ok in the later stages.

          1. I do not normally eat hummus because it is hard to stick to just a few tablespoons!

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            1. re: sandradeen

              I put it on high-fiber tortilla wraps with spinach and tomatoes, for my work lunch. I only need a few tablespoons, and the container's at home so I can't eat any more anyway!

              My cat loves hummus, every kind I've offered him so far- lemon, scallion, garlic, plain.. he'll even try to knock it out of my hand.

              1. re: sandradeen

                wow, nice to see others with my problem:) i stopped keeping hummus round home because i would just eat it all rather than the schmear on a sandwich or something. weak-willed I am. if however, you are making sandwiches for work, etc. i think its a great low-carb, good-for-you food.

                1. re: ben61820

                  I recently found single-serving containers of Sabra's at - of all places - Starbucks. They've been my salvation because otherwise, I just eat it with a spoon.

              2. I'd think it's mid-range. There's a lot of carbs in chickpeas, but a lot of fiber too. And the tahini/oil in hummus slows down the absorption of sugar.