This paste made from sesame seeds is one of the key ingredients in the Mediterranean diet. Scientific studies draw attention to how people in the countries around the Mediterranean seem to suffer less from diabetes, obesity and other serious health issues that affect citizens in Western Europe and the USA. Evidence points towards differences in diet as a key to understanding these health variations. Tahini is rich in the essential vitamins and minerals that our bodies require. It is better to use tahini made from whole sesame seeds (unhulled) as this contains the maximum amount of nutrients. It can be cooked or smeared onto pita bread.
A healthy individual can absorb all the minerals and vitamins they need through the food they eat, and moderate exposure to sunshine. Poor eating habits account for a significant portion of cases where doctor discovers that the patient is very low on vitamin B, C or another vital element. Some try to correct imbalances with vitamin supplements, but everyone agrees it is preferable to get all you need from the food supply. Eaters of tahini receive generous doses of the vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15 and vitamin E in their meals. Tahini is also very rich in magnesium, zinc, phosphorous and other minerals.
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