As I mentioned in last week’s post, I love tahini not only for its culinary wonders but also for the nutrition it carries. It is a thick paste of ground up sesame seeds… not too different from peanut or almond butter. Since it’s ground up, it’s easier to digest and absorbs easily into your body. Tahini is most commonly used in Middle Eastern countries and is most well known for its use in hummus.
It is packed with B Vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15). This is important for cancer prevention, cell growth, and strong immune systems. I also love sesame because it has a highly absorbable form of calcium. This is particularly important for those who do not eat much dairy. In fact, I’d argue that tahini is easier to digest than dairy for most, and is therefore an easier way for your body to get calcium. And don’t forget the protein its packing and the essential fatty acids!
People often wonder how they can use tahini in ways beyond hummus. Here are some ideas: