Food Focus – Tahini

Have you been guilty of buying a jar of tahini with all good intentions of using it for hummus, only to put it in the fridge long enough for it to go rancid then, after the appropriate amount of time, throw it out?

Our nut and seed butters are so good for a variety of different reasons, yet they don’t tend to get a lot of airtime when it comes to nutrient-dense foods. Given that the nuts and seeds have been ground up, they are more digestible which is great if your digestion is not as strong as it could be. (Are you guilty of not properly chewing the nuts you eat? Many clients report they can see bits of the nuts they eat in their bowel movements.)

When you can digest and absorb all the goodness in nuts, they are a great source of some of your macronutrients (protein and good fatty acids) but can also pack a punch when it comes to your micronutrients as well.

Another great benefit of tahini is that it has a good component of fibre which helps to keep your microflora happy. There has been some promising research recently looking into the cardiovascular protective benefit of sesame seeds in regards to reducing overall blood pressure.

So, don’t discard that fresh jar of tahini just yet! To help you make good use of it and gain all the excellent benefits, here’s a simple dressing you can make using that pot full of goodness.

Dressing

Ingredients:

1/2 cup tahini
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons tamari (or soy sauce)
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ginger, minced

 

Method:

Simply blend all the ingredients together. If a thinner consistency is desired, add additional water to suit the dish.

This dressing can be used in many ways and would go well on a quinoa salad-based dish.

Written by Phil Chua
Naturopath + Herbalist

References: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28387047

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