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Health Benefits of Tahini

2017-06-08

Have you tasted Tahini?

Tahini is a paste that is used to add flavour to the food, made from cookedTahini and grounded sesame seeds, generally with their husks removed. It can be added to various different dishes to increase their taste and vigour. It is also packed with various nutrients and immune system improving cardiovascular-protective abilities. There are two types of Tahini, with their husks removed and not removed. The unhusked or unhulled Tahini is healthier as its nutritional value is higher but it might have a slightly bitter taste than husked or hulled Tahini because of using whole sesame seeds.

Tahini is served as a dip in various dishes to compliment and increase their taste especially humus, halva and baba ghanoush.

Market for Tahini

In the global market for Tahini, the internal competition is very high due to the presence of many domestic producers.  Given the characteristics of the market, the global Tahini market is expected to reach a market value of USD 2,258.3 Million by the end of 2025 from USD 1,300.1 currently. It is estimated to show a value of Compound annual growth rate of 5.2% during the next 8 years. Rising preference of consumers for Middle Eastern flavours is supposed to be the market driving factor for Tahini. And the demand for Tahini show increasing reliance of non-developed countries on developed ones for flavour increasing compliments for food, like sauces and dips.Apart from this growing popularity of halva, increasing taste for tahini paste and the steady growth in spreads segment also drive the Tahini market towards expansion.

How to make Tahini?

First roast sesame seeds over medium heat in a pan, keep stirring until you get the required golden brown colour. After they are allowed to cool you have to crush them in a food processor and add olive oil to the powder until you reach the required thickness. It should neither be too thick or too runny. Keep the paste in an air tight jar inside a refrigerator, it should keep for months.

Health benefits attached with Tahini

Tahini is a good source of:

  • Minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and iron.
  • Calcium.
  • Vitamin E and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15. 
  • Protein.
  • Unsaturated fat
  •  Essential amino acids
  • Zinc

Tahini can also prevent:

  • Liver toxification.
  • Anemia.
  • Copper and Iron deficiency.
  • Arteriosclerosis.
  • High blood pressure.

Conclusion

Tahini also boosts nutrient absorption, helps improve skin health, helps in weight loss, promotes healthy cell growth and regulates cholesterol but apart from these benefits it makes a delicious serving and adds taste to various foods as a dip or spread. It is one of the few things that are tasty as well as healthy.

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