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Are Tahini and hummus good or fattening foods?


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Are they ok for a diet, or best to avoid. They taste so good - too good to be healthy!

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Also, would you class tahini as a carbohydrate food or a protein? 

Well hummus is made from tahini (crushed sesame seeds). Tahini is very healthy, but quite caloric - if you factor this in to your daily calorie allowance this isn't a problem at all. It's a great source of essential fatty acids, absorbable calcium, protein and B vitamins.

Hummus adds chickpeas to the equation - another great protein (and slow carb) source. Hummus (preferably homemade) is also very healthy when accounted for calorie-wise in your diet. I say homemade because some of the store-bought varieties add additional vegetable oils, sugar and salt. If you make it yourself you know exactly what you're putting in there. Great dip for veggie-sticks, or used in sandwiches in place of butter.

 

Foods should not be viewed from such a binary perspective.  Hummus and tahini are high in healthy fats, and fats are essential (in moderation) for a well-balanced diet.

Hummus is a filling and delicious snack with veggies and it makes a great sandwich. When I was a vegetarian I ate hummus to get extra protein, but there are carbs in there, too. Beans are a pretty balanced food.

Original Post by lavender1981:

Also, would you class tahini as a carbohydrate food or a protein? 

 Tahini belongs more in the "fats" category, though it does have some protein. As mentioned, it's made from sesame seeds so you're getting good fats but since it's calorically dense, you should eat it in moderation.

I agree with the other posters. It is healthy and not bad if you can control your portions. just be careful because it has a lot of sodium. 

I eat a lot of hummus and I wish if I could make it at home. Do you guys have any recipes for home made hummus? 

 

Original Post by safina1:

I agree with the other posters. It is healthy and not bad if you can control your portions. just be careful because it has a lot of sodium. 

I eat a lot of hummus and I wish if I could make it at home. Do you guys have any recipes for home made hummus? 

 

Just Google it.  It's easy to make with canned chickpeas (get sodium-free or rinse them well).  I don't even own a blender; I just mash them with a heavy fork.  It's just chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and salt, and maybe some olive oil.  Very simple, and homemade always tastes better. 

Original Post by safina1:

I eat a lot of hummus and I wish if I could make it at home. Do you guys have any recipes for home made hummus? 

 

This is a good basic one.

Can you post a recipe for homemade hummus? I love the store brought but you're right about the additives.

Original Post by ninafish:

Original Post by safina1:

I eat a lot of hummus and I wish if I could make it at home. Do you guys have any recipes for home made hummus? 

 

This is a good basic one.

Thanks, Nina. this one has Tahini, so I have to buy it. I really wanted to make everything from scratch.

I guess the question here is how can I make tahini?

I just saw a good recipe for tahini. It is vegetable oil + sesame seeds. Sounds like too much headache to make hummus at home. 

:)

Original Post by safina1:

I just saw a good recipe for tahini. It is vegetable oil + sesame seeds. Sounds like too much headache to make hummus at home. 

:)

 "Too much headache"... Yeah, thats 5 minutes of your life you'll never get back. Hummus is one of the simplest, fastest and most versatile and nutritious foods you can make at home in 5 minutes. There is no reason to make your own tahini. You can also make great hummus without tahini. What could be easier?

It is not 5 minutes of my life, it takes longer than that if I want to make my own tahini. by the way, there is no need for you to be sarcastic.

here is  the tahini recipe:

 

Spread your sesame seeds on a roasting tray, and toast in the oven for 15 minutes, stirring regularly to toast evenly.

Do not allow to brown as this impairs the flavor.

Remove the sesame seeds from the oven and allow to cool briefly.

Put the toasted sesame seeds in your food processor, with metal blades fitted, and add half the oil.

Process the mixture on a high setting for a minute, stopping to clean the sides of the food processor with a spatula from time to time.

Add the rest of the oil, and continue to process the seeds to a paste, again cleaning the sides regularly and ensuring that the paste still covers the blades.

Ensure that all the mix is blended to a paste. This can be a somewhat messy process but stick with it. The results will be worth it!

When the mixture is evenly smooth, and further processing does not further refine the texture, transfer your tahini to a tight fitting glass jar using a flexible spatula, if you have one, to reduce waste.

If you check in your organic aisle you can find tahini made with no preservatives that will save you from making your own, but will also have the homemade quality.

And hummus is a great healthy snack (as long as you get sodium free chick peas) I make a variety of different styles and eat it with pita (whole grain) broiled with a little bit of olive oil on the pita.

Original Post by lindseycouch:

If you check in your organic aisle you can find tahini made with no preservatives that will save you from making your own, but will also have the homemade quality.

And hummus is a great healthy snack (as long as you get sodium free chick peas) I make a variety of different styles and eat it with pita (whole grain) broiled with a little bit of olive oil on the pita.

Brilliant! Thank you:) 

 

Thank you all, your advice, comments and suggestions are so great! Thanks a lot!

I would say is good enough to be considered into our diet.

My version maybe is not the healthiest one, because I add more olive oil to get a softer consistency, but if you watch for the fats and cals of the rest of your day it should not be a problem.

In my country can be more difficult to find the sesame seeds to mash them or whatever but just with chick peas, olive oil lemon and a little spark of salt, you get a spread that goes well with almost everything!

I love it with my brown rice and chopped tomato! ummmm...!

hope it helps.

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