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What is tahini? Ingredients, diet, advantages and disadvantages

  • Because of its impressive nutritional profile, tahini has been linked to a number of health benefits.

  • Sesame seeds, which are the main ingredient in tahini, have a major impact on heart health by lowering risk factors like high blood pressure, triglycerides, and LDL (bad) cholesterol.

  • In one study, 50 people with osteoarthritis completed standard medication therapy for two months, with or without the addition of 40 grams or about 1.5 tablespoons of sesame seeds daily.

  • At the end of the study, participants in the sesame seed group showed significant reductions in triglyceride and LDL (bad cholesterol) levels compared to the control group (5).

  • According to a review of eight studies, sesame seeds can also lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure (the upper and lower numbers or a reading), which could help prevent heart disease and stroke (6).

  • Since tahini is made from ground sesame seeds, these results also apply to the paste.

  • Although acute inflammation is an important part of your immune response, chronic inflammation is believed to contribute to conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases (7).

  • Some research suggests that sesame seeds might protect against inflammation.

  • In one study, taking 40 g of sesame seeds daily for 2 months effectively reduced malondialdehyde (MDA), an active ingredient used to measure inflammation in people with osteoarthritis (5).

  • In another study, feeding sesame oil to mice lowered the levels of several inflammatory markers after just three months (8).

  • Tahini contains sesamol, a natural compound found in sesame seeds that is believed to have anti-cancer properties (9).

  • A test-tube study found that sesamol blocks the growth and spread of liver cancer cells (10).

  • Other animal and test tube studies suggest that sesamol can also fight skin, colon, and cervical cancer cells (11, 12, 13).

  • However, current research is limited to test-tube and animal studies that examine the effects of a specific component of tahini.

  • More research is needed to understand how tahini can affect cancer in humans.