by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© June 2021, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Sesame tahini, also called sesame butter, is ground up sesame seeds. It is a traditional food of the Middle East that is very rich in calcium, phosphorus and many other vitamins and minerals.
It is also one of very few foods that contains certain selenium compounds needed today for rapid development. To understand development, read Introduction To Development.
Roasted sesame tahini is a very important part of the development diet for both fast and slow oxidizers.
We find that adults need two tablespoons daily of roasted (not raw) sesame tahini every day – and not more.
An alternative is to eat four tablespoons of hummus, a commonly available prepared food made of tahini and cooked chick peas or garbanzo beans. DonÕt overdo on this product, either.
Children also need some tahini every day, with the amount based upon their size.
A type of tahini we like very much that is also inexpensive in the United States, if you can find it, is a product of Israel. This product has a lot of souls in it and it improves the product.
Salt. Tahini needs a little natural sea salt added to it to balance it.
Why grind up the seeds? Because eating the seeds whole they will tend to go right trough the intestinal tract without being digested or absorbed.
Making your own. You can grind up sesame seeds in a coffee grinder or even a hand grinder. The advantage is that it is very fresh.
However, it is not the same as tahini one buys in the store. It is not as creamy. We find both are good, but do not just use the sesame seeds that you grind up yourself. You wonÕt get the same nutrition as if you eat the creamy, finely ground product.
Is flavored hummus okay? Yes, it is. Often, it is made with a little garlic, lemon and other ingredients.
The main problem with hummus is that it is so tasty that one is tempted to eat much more than four tablespoons daily, and we do not recommend eating more.
HOW TO EAT TAHINI
Ways to eat tahini include:
- Spread on top of cooked vegetables. This is quite delicious.
- Spread on blue corn chips.
- You can spread some on other foods such as oatmeal.
- You can eat it plain, right out of the jar.
Always store tahini in the refrigerator and check expiration dates of any tahini you buy, since it will become rancid. Tahini naturally has a slight bitter taste. However, if it is very bitter, it might be past its expiration date.
Mixing it up. When you buy tahini, often the oil has separated and is on top. It is necessary to remix the oil with the solid butter. You can do this with a spoon or knife in the container, or with a hand blender.
Once you mix it up and put it in the refrigerator for storage, usually it will remain mixed.