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 seeds Tahini
Water 4,69 g 3,05 g
Energy 573 kcal 596 kcal
Fat 49.67 g 53,76 g
Protein 17, 73 g 17 g
Carbohydrates 23,45 g 21,19 g
Fiber 11,8 g 9,3 g
Potassium 468 mg 414 mg
Phosphorus 629 mg 732 mg
Iron 14, 55 mg 8,95 mg
Sodium 11 mg 115 mg
Magnesium 351 mg 95 mg
Calcium 975 mg 426 mg
Copper 4,082 mg 1,610 mg
Zinc 7,75 mg 4,62 mg
Manganese 2,46 mcg 1,456 mcg
Vitamin C 0 mg 0 mg
Vitamin A 9 UI 67 UI
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) 0,791 mg 1,222 mg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0,247 mg 0,473 mg
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 4,515 mg 5,450 mg
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 0, 79 mg 0, 149 mg
Vitamin B9 (Folic acid) 97 mcg 98 mcg
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) 0 0
Vitamin E 2, 000 mg 2, 270 mg
Vitamin D 0 0

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

19 March, 2019

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