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What is tahini used for?

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Tahini is a common ingredient in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking, blended into dips like hummus and baba ghanoush (eggplant and tahini). You can also use it to top fish, meat, or vegetables. And you can make it into salad dressing with other ingredients like apple cider vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, and seasonings.

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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