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What does tahini taste like?

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Tahini, also called "tahina" in some countries, may look a little like peanut butter, but it doesn't taste like it. Tahini isn't sweet like most nut butters, and the nutty flavor is strong and earthy, and can be a little bitter. If the bitterness is really strong, though, that could mean the batch is old or expired.

SOURCES:

Advances in Nutrition : “Copper.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Phytosterols: Sterols & Stanols.”

European Journal of Pharmacology : “Sesamol, a major lignan in sesame seeds (Sesamum indicum): Anti-cancer properties and mechanisms of action.”

Irene Franowicz, outpatient dietitian and certified diabetes educator, Spectrum Health.

Mayo Clinic: “Food allergies.”

Nutrients : “The Nutritional Value and Health Benefits of Chickpeas and Hummus.”

Sharon Zarabi, registered dietitian and program director of bariatric surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital.

The Lancet : “Selenium and human health.”

USDA: “Sesame butter (tahini) (made from kernels).”

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on September 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Advances in Nutrition : “Copper.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Phytosterols: Sterols & Stanols.”

European Journal of Pharmacology : “Sesamol, a major lignan in sesame seeds (Sesamum indicum): Anti-cancer properties and mechanisms of action.”

Irene Franowicz, outpatient dietitian and certified diabetes educator, Spectrum Health.

Mayo Clinic: “Food allergies.”

Nutrients : “The Nutritional Value and Health Benefits of Chickpeas and Hummus.”

Sharon Zarabi, registered dietitian and program director of bariatric surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital.

The Lancet : “Selenium and human health.”

USDA: “Sesame butter (tahini) (made from kernels).”

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on September 25, 2019

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