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Tahini: Benefits of a Tasty Delight

Wednesday, December 13th 2023 10:00am 2 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Tahini, best known for its pivotal role in hummus, is not just a culinary delight but also a nutritional powerhouse. Dive deeper into the myriad health benefits of tahini.

Derived from roasted and then ground sesame seeds, tahini boasts a plethora of unsaturated fats, antioxidant lignans, and essential vitamins and minerals.[i] Its rich and mildly nutty taste is a hallmark of classic hummus. Yet, both tahini and its primary ingredient, sesame seeds, have a storied history spanning centuries.

Tahini’s adaptability is commendable. Combine it with lemon and a hint of salt, and you have a perfect dip for fresh vegetables. Mix it with olive oil and apple cider vinegar, and you’ve crafted a delicious salad dressing.

Moreover, it’s an essential component of Tarator – a delightful sauce made of tahini, garlic, lemon, and parsley, which pairs exquisitely with poultry and veggies. Relishing tahini anytime is a treat to the taste buds, but even better, it’s a boon for your health.

Why Include Tahini in Your Diet?

Both tahini and the sesame seeds it’s derived from are potent with over 70 beneficial properties, spanning from antioxidant to anti-inflammatory effects. Below is a brief overview of why tahini is such a health gem:

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