10 Convincing Reasons To Include Tahini In Your Diet
If you’re looking to finesse your meals and get a bit more experimental with your cooking, you might have recently heard about tahini. But what is it?
Tahini is essentially a middle eastern spread or paste (condiment, basically), which is made toasted, ground hulled or unhulled sesame seeds. It is used primarily in Armenian, Greek, Lebanese, Cypriot, Iraqi, Turkish, Israeli and Bulgarian dishes, and is growing in popularity in the western world, thanks to its sweetness and health benefits.
Yep, as well as adding a kick to your cooking, tahini is also rich in a variety of essential minerals and vitamins which keep your body ticking over.
And just before you get confused, there are two types of tahini:
Hulled is the worst kind because, although it still tastes good, it’s been stripped of its nutritional value. Unhulled is what we’re going to focus on in this article because, as well as enlivening your dishes, it is also stuffed in nutrients.
Let’s take a look at 10 reasons to include tahini in your diet.
It’s Stuffed With Nutrients
Fewer pastes are as rich in nutrients and minerals as tahini. Two of its most important are the essential fatty acids, omega-6 and omega-3, which are good for your heart and brain – two key organs!
And although some of you might be pointing out that you’ve heard all about tahini’s high fat content, it’s worth mentioning that around 85% of this is made up of healthy fats that aren’t going to cause you any problems.
Moreover, a single tablespoon of tahini spread contains just eighty-five calories, sixty-five of which are essential fats. In other words, it’s good stuff!
Tahini Is Also Rich In Essential Minerals
Human beings need both macro nutrients and micro nutrients. But it always amazes me to watch how we’re all the champions of the world when it comes to stuffing our faces with macros – but we totally forget about micro’s.
Micro nutrients are essential to optimal health. Essential micro nutrients found in tahini include copper, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, and vitamin B1.
Also, a single tablespoon of this delightful paste contains three grams of protein and one gram of dietary fibre.
With so many minerals available in tahini, there are no reasons not to add it to your diet.
Tahini Is Good For Your Immune System
When your immune system is in good shape, you don’t pay it any attention. But the moment things go wrong, you start to really notice it.
A weak immune system leaves you especially susceptible to everyday viruses and infections, such as the common cold. It also leaves you feeling tired and rundown more than usual.
This is why you need to make sure that you eat the right foods that keep your immune system functioning perfectly.
Tahini can help because it contains a number of nutrients which support your immune system, such as zinc, iron and selenium.
Tahini Is Good For Brain Health
When it comes to the health of your brain, tahini has got your back. Thanks to the aforementioned fatty acids omega-6 and omega-3, tahini is able to assist your body’s nervous tissues to grow, thereby contributing to a healthier brain.
These fatty acids don’t stop there, though. They also help to boost your cognitive brain function and overall emotional health so that your risk of Alzheimer’s disease is reduced, while the symptoms of depression are either minimised or eliminated altogether.
Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids also help with strengthening your memory and improving your alertness and speed of thought.
Tahini Is Good For Your Skin
Your skin is your largest organ. It’s also really visible, and everyone gets to look at it when you leave the house.
And when your skin isn’t looking at its best, it can leave you feeling down.
It can even affect your self-esteem, to the point where the things you enjoy doing are a no-no all of a sudden (such as wearing a bikini by the pool).
Add tahini to your diet for smoother, glowing skin.
Tahini Is Rich In Antioxidants
Antioxidants are your body’s first line of defence against free radicals – in other words, rogue molecules that are intent on running you down,
One of the most powerful antioxidants found in tahini is copper, an antioxidant which has anti-inflammatory properties and can therefore relieve pain and reduce swelling. Copper is also handy when it comes to treating arthritis, and it can also expand airways in anyone who happens to be struggling with asthma.
Copper also assists with certain enzymes in your immune system.
Also found in tahini are phytonutrients, which protect your hardworking live from oxidative stress. And because your liver always needs a bit of a helping hand, it’s a very good idea to add tahini to your diet.
Tahini Contains Phosphorus
Phosphorus is one of those hard-to-get micro nutrients that is always hiding somewhere! But it won’t be hiding for much longer if you include tahini in your diet.
Phosphorus helps to strengthen your bones and teeth, thereby reducing your risk of developing osteoporosis in later life.
Tahini Also Contains Thiamin
Thiamin is another essential but often overlooked nutrient which you will find in this here paste. It promotes stronger muscles, better digestion, and boosts your nervous system.
It’s Easy To Digest
Indigestion is a common problem around the world. You can do your gastrointestinal tract a favour by adding tahini to your meal. It promotes better digestion by virtue of the fact that it has an elevated alkaline mineral content.
Tahini Gives Your Heart A Boost
Your heart’s health is super important if you want to live a full a life as possible. Once your heart starts to suffer problems, the quality of your life can alter immeasurably.
Omega-3 essential fatty acids can help. How? Because they reduce cholesterol and inflammation, both of which can cause cardiovascular disease.
As mentioned earlier, tahini does have a high fat count. Indeed, there are almost ten grams of fat in a single tablespoon of this paste. But it’s worth bearing in mind that most of it is unsaturated fat. In other words, it’s the kind of fat that is good for you. Yay!