Finding Organic Tahini

imagesTahini is a great food that has been used for thousands of years throughout the world. Sometimes called sesame seed butter, Tahini is actually more than that.

There are some who feel that Tahini is not a great tasting food. The taste is not considered to be sweet and can be a bit bitter. That being said, it is very popular with vegans because of how much protein can be found in it.

Several cooking recipes, especially vegan recipes, use Tahini and when mixed with other foods rather than standing on its own, it can become quite good.

When used with sauces, entrees, creamy dips, hummus and salad dressings, it can be an excellent and healthy addition to cooking.

Tahini is an excellent source of calcium and iron, as well as B1 and magnesium and dietary fiber.

When you decide to buy Tahini, you want to make sure that it is organic. Why should it be organic? Well, with all the health benefits associated with it, you need to make sure you are keeping those health benefits and not losing them through the use of chemicals, pesticides and herbicides. Not to mention, organic is just better for you, and the planet as well.

There are many tips to finding organic.

First, look for labeling that identifies it as organic. In the United States, you would be looking for an organic certification through the United States Department of Agriculture. This certification proves that the product has gone through the testing needed to be certified organic in the United States.

Next, look at the farm where it is coming from. Is it a small family farm, or a large company farm that throws the word “natural” on something to make it seem like it is organic. Always do your research.

Going organic isn’t just about no chemicals, it is about making sure your food comes from a local source. See if you can find a local source for your food, including a local source of Tahini.

The best thing you can do is just do your research and know where your Tahini is coming from. Natural doesn’t mean organic, so make sure your organic Tahini is actually organic.

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Written by: Yehudith Girshberg

What is Sesame Oil?


What is Sesame Oil?

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There are many great alternatives to using canola oil, which can be bad for your body, and bad for the environment with how some organizations produce it. If you are looking for an alternative to canola oil, or any other type of oil, think about sesame oil. Created from sesame seeds, it is heavily used in the cooking of south India. It is also found in many other Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines. Sesame seed oil is also heavy in nutrients, which is why it is often found in alternative medicine, used for massages and more.

Sesame has been cultivated in areas of Asia and India for roughly 5,000 years. This is because it is a drought-resistant crop and can grow where other crops cannot. Sesame was also one of the first crops to be processed in oil, and this makes sesame seed oil one of the very first condiments humans ever used. By 2500 BC, roughly a thousand years after it emerged in India, it was being cultivated in the Middle East.

It has become such a staple for so many dishes that 65 per cent of the sesame crop is actually processed into oil, while only 35 per cent is processed into food.

Sesame seed oil has many natural anti-oxidants in it, which means that it is unlikely to turn rancid in the open. Sesame seed oil has a high smoke point, and that makes it good for deep-frying, but that often ruins the health benefits from it.

In massage, sesame seed oil penetrates the skin easily and is often used in Indian massage. It helps the body get rid of heat and it is also used in hair and scalp massages. It is also used in a variety of cosmetics, often as a carrier oil.

Sesame seed oil is very high in Vitamin E, and is also known to contain high amounts of magnesium, copper, calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin B6.

Another big plus is that only one per cent of the human population is allergic to it, which means that it can be enjoyed by nearly everyone.



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The Wonders Of Grape Seed Oil

grapesAs we have talked about previously, grape seed oil is an incredibly health product for your body and your skin. The last post talked about grape seed oil generally, but this time we are going to focus on the wonderful health benefits of this natural product.

As was stated, grape seed oil comes from grapes, and contain a number of health products including flavonoids, linoleic acids, Vitamin E and more.

So, what are the wonders of grape seed oil? Here are but a few:

  • If you deal with acne or dermatitis, the linoleic acid in the oil can help. The acid can deal with acne, and inflammation of the skin. It can also stop dry and itchy skin. All you need to do is apply it to the skin two the tree times per day.
  • Age spots and sunburns are no fun for anyone, but grape seed oil and its healthy skin properties can help relieve these skin problems. Grape seed oil has been found to protect against UV radiation, and can lighten the age spots caused by UV rays. If you take grape seed oil each day, you will not only get rid of age spots, but you can also protect your body against sunburn.
  • Cancer is very serious and the plague of our time, but some studies have found that grade seed oil can halt the development of different types of cancers. The impact will vary by person, but just taking grape seed oil two to three times per day can help the body fight cancer and win the battle.
  • If you have haemorrhoids, which is no fun for anyone, grape seed oil can help you deal with it. Grade seed oil, taken twice per day, can heal damaged vessels, and increase blood circulation, which can prevent haemorrhoids.
  • Diabetes is a serious condition for anyone who has it, but the intake of grape seed oil can reduce complications, and improve your vision which may have been impacted by diabetes. It is recommended that you take about two capsules of grape seed oil per day.
  • By far the biggest benefits of grape seed oil come in the benefits it has for your skin. This is true for acne, and it is true for wrinkles and stretch marks. Grape seed supplements can reduce saggy skin, wrinkles and stretch marks. You can also add grape seed oil to your face cream for added benefits.


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Try Tahini

Tahini is one of the most unique, healthiest types of meals you can eat is a paste made from ground, hulled sesame seed and more based on the cuisine of Greece, Turkey and North Africa. Often served as a dip on its own, it is also a major part of hummus.

It has actually been used for over 4,000 years. There are a number of reasons for its long use but one of the top is the fact that it is so healthy for the body. Tahini is an excellent source of copper, manganese and methionine, an important amino acid for the body. It is also an important source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are incredibly important for the mind and the body. Omega 3 fatty acids are widely known for their health benefits, and their ability to fight cancer.

If you are going to get Tahini made, it is a good idea to use raw sesame seeds because they are much lower in fat than roasted seeds.

If you are a vegan, then Tahini is an excellent food to consume because it is made only of vegetables, but it is also very high in both calcium and protein. These are to items in our diet that are often lost, or reduced, when someone goes vegan. If you are on a raw food diet, you can still consume Tahini, just as long as you are consuming it in its unroasted form.

It is also an excellent alternative to peanut butter thanks to its higher levels of both fiber and calcium, while also having lower levels of sugar and saturated fats.

There are a number of uses for Tahini in the kitchen including:

  • As a sauce
  • As a breakfast item, or to serve after meals as a dessert that bread is dipped into.
  • As a spread on sandwiches, often topped with honey or jam.
  • As a part of a pita.
  • Prepared with mashed garlic and lemon juice to use as a spread.
  • As a cooking sauce for meat, or as a side with fish.
  • As a condiment that can be used with dry noodles.
  • As something as simple as a snack.

If you have not tried Tahini, do so no and you will not be disappointed by the wonderful flavors, immense health benefits and easy preparation of this wonderful dish. Once you have Tahini, you will wonder why you ever went without it.

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Written by: Yehudith Girshberg