This year, the NFL’s “official dip” is Sabra Hummus. These types of honors are awarded never based on taste, or popularity, or a specific desire of the fans, but rather given to the highest bidder which allows them to plaster the NFL’s logo all over it.
Let’s look at the ingredients of Sabra Classic Hummus…
Now let’s look at a competitor’s ingredients, in this case a similar hummus manufactured by Tribe…
There are a couple of key ingredient differences are in these products. The first and most obvious is to the use of soy oil in the Sabra product. Most nature hummus products use either or a combination of Canola Oil and Sunflower Oil.
Soy oil is also one of the least expensive oils to use. Products which used to use various types of oils have switched to soy oil in the last couple of decades. Soy is a very common allergy. There is also concern that soy contains phytoestrogen which some believe can either elevate estrogen levels or lower testosterone levels within men. Testosterone is a critical hormone for men; all men have estrogen, but it is a balance of these that help drive a man’s health. There are a thousand pro-and-con studies on whether estrogen/testosterone is affected by soy, some of which are sponsored by the very people being studied on both sides.
The other interesting ingredient is “potassium sorbate”. This is used as a preservative in many products. Generally considered non-toxic, the product isn’t used in every product in a category. There are some known side effects in certain elements of the population, such as nausea, diarrhea, etc. They don’t affect everyone, but they do affect a percentage of the population. It’s an ingredient that does nothing to enhance the flavor of the product, and everything to improve shelf live.
When buying products, every person should make their own decisions on what they are putting in their bodies. To some, the variance of ingredients is insignificant to them. To others, they may have concerns with swap-outs of ingredients for what they deem as lesser ingredients, and the use of preservatives unnecessarily. Make sure when buying products you check labels, and check those ingredients. Not all products are made equal, and you may prefer the ingredients in one product or another, regardless of whatever sports logos they put on the packaging.