Recently I bought some tahini sesame paste for a recipe I found in a cookbook.
For those of you, who are new to this, tahini comes from crushed sesame seeds.
It is one of the world’s healthiest foods to eat.
I went to the local shops to buy some, there were two jars, hulled and unhulled.
My instincts told me to get the unhulled which I did, although I was concerned the unhulled tahini sesame paste would not taste as sweet.
Unhulled is stronger in flavour, a little bitter in taste, and darker in colour. However, you soon get used to the taste and after a while, it actually tastes really good.
If you are not sure of the taste you can always add some raw organic honey.
Now, it was time to look into tahini benefits. And could I use it more often?
This stuff is amazing when it comes to nutrition, it is worth having a jar in the fridge.
Unhulled is definitely the healthiest option, it uses the seed and is rich in vitamins and minerals.
Hulled tahini sesame paste has much of its goodness stripped away and won’t give you as many of the vitamins and minerals.
My anti-aging regime is already jam-packed, nevertheless, there is always room for one more.
Your complexion will glow from all the vitamins and minerals, it is probably the best for looking younger.
It contains all the B vitamins and zinc you need for healthy skin and hair.
Tahini sesame paste unhulled, has two fantastic compounds, sesamolin, and sesamin.
As a result, these two compounds enhance absorption of vitamin E in the body.
This is important, as air pollution alone can cut the amount of vitamin E in the body, and in turn causes wrinkles.
Sesamolin and sesamin compounds are of great benefit to a healthy heart, and hormonal health.
These compounds will protect the liver from toxic damage and help lower high blood pressure.
Do you have arthritis in your knees? If you do, eating a couple of tablespoons daily of tahini sesame paste will help reduce pain.
Researchers discovered this is as good as taking Tylenol, if not better, and certainly healthier.
Considering tahini benefits are rather high in calories. You only need a small amount to get all the vitamins and minerals needed.
1 tablespoon is around 85 calories, in spite of that, 65% of these calories are good fats, monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
Health Benefits Of Tahini Sesame Paste
- B vitamins
- vitamin E
- methionine (amino acid)
- essential fatty acids omega 3, omega 6
This is a great way to get your vitamin B1 (thiamin). Thiamin is your anti-stress vitamin.
When it comes to your calcium intake, this is one of the best food sources.
Tahini is also known for its anti-cancer compounds. These compounds will also help relieve stress and anxiety.
If you suffer from anemia, you can boost your iron levels and strengthen the immune system.
It is great if you have a cold, flu or chest infection. You will be safe eating tahini it is a non-mucus forming food.
Being high in protein, it makes a great post-workout snack to help keep up muscle strength.
Tahini Sesame Paste
I decided the first thing I was going to do with my unhulled tahini was make some hummus.
I always end up buying one from the Supermarket. Full of trans fat and goodness knows what else.
It was time to make an effort and stop buying the rubbish hummus from the local supermarket.
Once you have made your own hummus you can use it as a face mask.
I love to combine tahini with a handful of raw almonds and cashews.
My daughter likes to spread tahini sesame paste on toast.
Use it as a dip with your favorite crackers or vegetables.
Mash it up with an avocado.
Add it to stir-fries.
Spread it on a sandwich.
Use tahini to make a salad dressing with olive oil, lemon juice, and organic tamari.
Whole sesame seeds are harder for the body to digest.
Tahini is easier to digest because the seeds are ground and easily able to pass through the digestive tract. It is even suggested it can help with digestion of other foods eaten.
More importantly, eating it may even help with digestive problems.
Once ingested your body will pick up all the nutrients within half an hour.
If you want a nutritious punch and a natural way to heal yourself eat tahini sesame paste.