Store-Bought Hummus: Is it Good for You and What’s the Best One?

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Store-Bought Hummus: Is it Good for You and What's the Best One?

Life throws us curveballs and keeps us busy. Whether it’s a phone call from school that your child is sick or a last-minute deadline at work, something always seems to get in the way of eating healthy.

When life is busy, picking up nutritious, easy-to-serve foods at the store is a great way to nourish your body.

With Hope Foods, you can be confident that you are buying wholesome, healthy hummus made with real ingredients (that you can pronounce), while also being absolutely delicious. If you’re looking for store-bought hummus you can be proud to put on your table, look no further. Here’s a glimpse of what to look for when shopping for hummus, and what makes ours special. 

Is Store-Bought Hummus Good for You?

The question of whether or not store-bought hummus is good for you is a common one. It depends entirely on what store-bought hummus you mean. Here are a few things to consider when you’re at the store perusing the hummus aisle:

Check the ingredients on store-bought hummus

Check the Ingredient Label

Food labels are crazy these days. Something can say “natural,” yet have an ingredients list a mile long full of chemicals and unpronouncable items. Looking at labels is one of the best ways to choose healthy food. If the ingredients list has a bunch of ingredients you can’t pronounce, it’s not a healthy choice. 

Check for Highly-Process Oils

One thing that is often overlooked when buying store-bought hummus is highly-processed seed oils. Most hummus you buy in a supermarket is made with either soybean oil or sunflower oil. Both of these are highly processed and can be inflammatory. Look at the label and find hummus made with extra-virgin olive oil for the most health benefits (not to mention flavor – good olive oil is like a fine wine). 

Seed oils
Sustainability is important

Consider Sustainability

When looking for store-bought hummus, another thing to think about is the company you’re buying from. Choosing to purchase from a company committed to high-quality ingredients, and sustainability is important. Hope Foods was created with more than hummus in mind. We work with growers who care about sustainability and the well-being of their employees and their communities. We also care about your emotional well-being as well: We have an on-site certified Integrated Nutrition Health Coach and Mental Health First Responder and Trainer who has compiled tools to support emotionall well-being

Ingredients to Be On the Lookout For When Buying Store-Bought Hummus

Some store-bought hummus brands include artificial preservatives such as potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate. These two ingredients are often added to preserve foods, but we believe there are better ways to do that. Additionally, look for Disodium Calcium EDTA. This is a chelating agent that is often used to prevent discoloration. It’s highly processed. 

Store-Bought Hummus Made with Real Ingredients. Period.

Here at Hope, we only use ingredients you can read and explain without a degree in chemistry. Eating store-bought hummus with a few preservatives in it might seem like a small thing, but when you consider that almost all of our food has preservatives and other dubious ingredients in them, it adds up. Here’s an overview of the ingredients in our hummus:

Organic chickpeas

Organic Chickpeas

The base of every one of our hummus flavors is organic chickpeas. We blend them to a creamy, smooth texture that is the perfect foundation for layering our unique and savory flavors. 

Organic Olive Oil

We mix high-quality, organic, extra-virgin olive oil into our creamy hummus blend. Sourcing quality olive oil is essential to the flavor of our hummus, as the quality of olive oil has a huge impact on flavor!

Organic olive oil

Organic Tahini

Tahini is ground sesame seeds, and provides a huge portion of the flavor and nutrients found in hummus. A two tablespoon serving has 5 grams of protein!

Sea Salt

Every one of our hummus flavors contains sea salt. Sea salt has been used for thousands of years to boost health while also seasoning food. It helps balance the body and provides many essential nutrients we don’t get in our modern diet. Also, food would be pretty sad and boring without it!

Sea salt
Organic spices

Organic Spices

Each of our types of hummus has a different blend of spices to create a unique and flavorful taste. Our Spicy Avocado Lime flavor is bursting with lime and creamy avocados, while our Thai Coconut Curry flavor is packed with green jalapenos, ginger, chili pepper, lime juice, curry, garlic, and turmeric. We’re obsessed with making new and exciting flavors of hummus, and high-quality ingredients allow us to make hummus that delights the taste buds as well as nourishes our bodies.

Common Questions about
Store-Bought Hummus

There are quite a few questions about buying hummus from a store. We’ll tackle a few of them below:

Which Store-Bought Hummus is the Best?

We’ll leave this up to your own judgement, but to find which store-bought hummus is the best, we suggest looking at the quality of ingredients and flavor. An added bonus is a hummus brand that offers fun and new flavors to spice things up. 

Which is the Best Supermarket Hummus?

This question is much like the one above: To find which is the best supermarket hummus, we suggest looking for high-quality ingredients and flavor. Simply picking up a brand of hummus and looking at the ingredients label is a good place to start. 

Which is the Healthiest Hummus?

Hummus is a wonderful healthy option for a snack (or even as a base or sauce in a recipe). But, some brands have ingredients in them that aren’t the healthiest. If you’re looking to find the anwer to which is the healthiest hummus to buy in a store, we suggest researching the brand to see the quality of ingredients they use in their hummus. 

Organic, Quality Ingredients Matter

When it comes to making your own hummus or buying hummus in a store, the quality of ingredients really matters. Hope hummus is USDA-certified organic – meaning all of our ingredients are organic. The ingredients label is full of ingredients you have in your own kitchen, not a lab. Nourishing our bodies with healthy food that doesn’t contain harmful chemicals and pesticides is important. We’re here to help when life gets busy and you need to pick up healthy, delicious food to feed you and your family! Use our product finder to find a store near you that sells our hummus, or order online and have it shipped right to your door!

Plant-based hummus with organic chickpeas