Tahini whole grain grounded in a stone mill. Tahini is a natural product, derived from selected sesame seeds. It is a strong ally in maintaining good health with extremely important nutrients, contributing to well-being and longevity. Tahini is rich in proteins, vitamins (E, B1, B2, niacin, etc.), amino acids and carbohydrates. Rarely, a single food manages to combine all these ingredients that are necessary for the smooth functioning of the body and for this reason tahini could be considered superfood. Tahini also contains 20% of vegetable proteins, which are of low biological value. But when combined with foods such as legumes and nuts, this results in proteins of high biological value, equal to animal proteins!
Tahini is still rich in:
- Calcium to fight osteoporosis.
- Potassium and zinc to boost the immune system.
- Manganese and selenium with intense antioxidant activity as these two elements combat free radicals.
- Copper to strengthen the joints.
- Iron to stimulate the body and fight anemia.
- Amino acids that contribute to good kidney and liver function, as well as phosphorus and magnesium that dramatically combat headaches or chronic migraines.
- Carbohydrates that normalize the gastrointestinal system, its Ω6 fat reduces cholesterol and vitamin E that protects the body from aging.
Also, according to research, tachyne has anti-cancer activity and may inhibit Alzheimer's, heart disease, cataracts and diabetes.
One tablespoon of tahini (15gr) has about 90 calories, 8gr fats most of which are unsaturated or good fats, 3gr carbohydrates, 3gr protein and 1gr fiber. As it has many calories, watch out for the amount you consume if you're trying to control your weight! 1 tablespoon is enough!
Ideas to enjoy:
• As a spreading product in bread or as a toast alone or with some honey or mixed with cocoa for taste and texture reminiscent of praline.
• Mixed with yoghurt, banana or other fruit.
• Arabic pies, pasta sauce, vegetable soups, seafood and many more.
• As a special dressing for salads, stirring tahini with lemon juice and honey. Another idea is dressing with tahini, avocado, lemon juice, and a few drops of tabasco.
• Mixed with chick peas or other pulses such as white beans.
• Together with cocoa powder, locust bean or liquid chocolate to make sweet pies, cakes, cookies and cereal flakes.
• Dip: For a healthy snack add some tahini, lemon juice, salt and pepper and accompany it with raw vegetables eg. carrots, cucumbers, pickled peppers, celery, tomatoes, radishes.
• As an ingredient in home-made sweets such as cakes and biscuits.
So add to your daily diet one of the healthiest foods, Tahini.