Tahini properties


What is tahini?

The tahini, sesame paste or sesame butter is a paste that is obtained from the flour from ground sesame seeds, mixed with water or sesame oil and salt. Tahini name comes from the Arabic word “Tahain” meaning flour.

tahini is commonly used in many Asian cuisines (Japanese, Chinese and Korean) in the kitchen in the middle east (Israel, Palestine, Turkey, Iraq, etc.) and Arabic cuisine of North Africa (Egypt, Morocco Algeria, etc).

Among the dishes where the presence if tahini is essential we have the hummus, that is a very common dish made from chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, garlic, salt and lemon juice.

Properties of tahini

Tahini has properties similar to those of sesame seeds. Mineralization is still very important but, except for iron and sodium, the amount of minerals is lower. Moreover, its vitamin content is higher, highlighting the most rich in vitamin A and vitamins of group B.

The following table shows the composition of each of them.

Composition of sesame seed and tahini for 100 g
Sesame seedsTahini
Water4,69 g3,05 g
Energy573 kcal596 kcal
Fat49.67 g53,76 g
Protein17, 73 g17 g
Carbohydrates23,45 g21,19 g
Fiber11,8 g9,3 g
Potassium468 mg414 mg
Phosphorus629 mg732 mg
Iron14, 55 mg8,95 mg
Sodium11 mg115 mg
Magnesium351 mg95 mg
Calcium975 mg426 mg
Copper4,082 mg1,610 mg
Zinc7,75 mg4,62 mg
Manganese2,46 mcg1,456 mcg
Vitamin C0 mg0 mg
Vitamin A9 UI67 UI
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)0,791 mg1,222 mg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0,247 mg0,473 mg
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)4,515 mg5,450 mg
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)0, 79 mg0, 149 mg
Vitamin B9 (Folic acid)97 mcg98 mcg
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)00
Vitamin E2, 000 mg2, 270 mg
Vitamin D00

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

19 March, 2019

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