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Put to the test: Houmous

If you're managing to keep up with any New Year healthy eating resolutions, then houmous may feature in your sandwiches or as a dip for your raw vegetables.

Either way it's pretty tasty, made from blended chickpeas, with garlic and oil.

Of those tested here, Tesco's houmous was the only one without any preservatives, colourings or flavourings and it tasted the better for it, while Aldi and Lidl's houmous were joint cheapest.

Scores were based on taste, ingredients and price.

Little salad bar houmous, 300g, Aldi

Price: €1.39 (€4.63 / Kg)

Verdict: Joint cheapest with Lidl's offering, this one contains 53pc chickpeas, the second highest chickpea content after SuperValu's tub. It had a good taste, although a bit salty, and plenty of bits to give it texture. There are 277 calories per 100g, the joint-lowest score for calorie content along with Lidl.

Score: 4 / 5

Meadow fresh houmous with lime and coriander, 300g, Lidl

Price: €1.39 (€4.63 / Kg)

Verdict: Joint-best price, but this one was a little different in that it contained lime and coriander. I really liked the freshness of those flavours although purists might not. It contains 52pc chickpeas and has a joint low of 277 calories per 100g.

Score: 4 / 5

Supervalu houmous, 170g

Price: €1.69 (€9.94 / Kg)

Verdict: Supervalu's houmous contains 54.3pc chickpeas, the highest of all those tested. It has a sweeter taste than some of the others, isn't too salty and has decent crunch. It contains 307 calories per 100g. It lost out on price though.

Score: 3.5 / 5

Tesco houmous, 300g

Price: €1.69 (€5.63 / Kg)

Verdict: This tasted very good and was the only one that contained no preservatives, additives or colourings. It was a little salty but had a good texture. However, the plastic pot comes in a paper wrapping which creates extra waste; it contains just 42pc chickpeas; and it has a high calorie content at 310 calories per 100g serving.

Score: 3.5 / 5

Galberts fresh houmous, 160g, Superquinn

Price: €1.99 (€12.44 / Kg)

Verdict: This was the dearest and also had the most calories at 330 calories per 100g. It also has the second lowest chickpea content at 43pc. However, it tasted fine and had the crunchiest texture of the lot.

Score: 3 / 5

Irish Independent