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What is tahini?

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Tahini is toasted sesame seeds ground down to a paste. The seeds are soaked in water, then crushed and hulled to take off the "coat," or kernel. The kernels float to the top and are taken out. What's left is toasted and soaked again in saltwater before being pounded into a paste. It has a thick, oily, and smooth texture similar to natural peanut butter.

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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