Low Fat Houmous – Tried and Tasted
Most people will have heard of the classic middle-eastern dip houmous. Many brands also feature a reduced fat version. The WLR Tried & Tasted team get to know some of them a little better.
|Product||Tesco Reduced Fat Houmous||Safeway Reduced Fat Houmous||Waitrose Reduced Fat Houmous|
|Our Conclusion||Behind it's modest appearance Tesco's 25% reduced fat houmous is a real treat. With a nice texture and no sharp aftertaste. Very easy going; everyone's friend.||Thin and weak looking this houmous actually has a brave garlic and vinegary flavour which is very welcome. The texture is well balanced between lumpy and creamy. "Houmous how it should be" for one taster.||Smooth and creamy. Not too strong in flavour. Possibly trying too hard to please everyone in being too smooth, too creamy, too bland for some.|
|Product||Asda 30% Less Fat Houmous Dip||Marks & Spencer Reduced Fat Houmous||Sainsburys BGTY Houmous|
|Conclusion||Understated and timid. Good looks and a nice texture, however, the flavour tends to shy away before you have the chance to get to know it. Among the lowest in fat for this test.||Trying to be different and stand out from the bunch. This did not taste like a usual houmous. Although not unpleasant, this was a little sour with a firm, creamy texture. Perhaps strayed too far (or not far enough.)||A funny colour and some colourful descriptions by the team. "Rotting cardboard", "washing powder" and "mildew" are not things BGTY houmous would want to put on its CV.|
|Calories (per serving)||170||207||83|
|Fat (g) (per serving)||11.0||15.4||4.7|
|Product||Tesco Healthy Living Houmous|
|Conclusion||Oh dear. This one seemed to get it all wrong in whatever it tried. Off-putting looks: "disgusting", "like Ready Brek". Thin and lumpy texture and poor "sour milk" and "cheesy" taste.|
|Calories (per serving)||203|
|Fat (g) (per serving)||15.4|
With Tesco coming in first and last place this is another example of trying to squeeze too much fat and calories out of a decent enough product. The Safeway houmous is just edged off the top but gives a slightly stronger alternative.
Overall, there are some excellent options here for houmous with reduced fat and plenty of personality.
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