Tahini contains Cholesterol??

Before answering this question on whether Tahini contains cholesterol or not, it’s important to point out what’s cholesterol, why it’s needed, why it’s harmful and its basic dietary sources.

Cholesterol is fat substance that is made by the liver (naturally) and is contained in our foods. It’s important to know that our body needs some cholesterol to function properly; for example cholesterol is needed for the structures for the body’s cell walls, hormone production etc. Yet, high intakes of cholesterol along with the high consumption of bad fats through the diet can lead to a buildup of cholesterol in the blood causing heart complications (blocking arteries, strokes etc.)

Cholesterol from the diet can only come from animal sources such as high fat meats, full fat milk, cheeses alongside with coconut, palm oil and cocoa butter and similar sources. Thus, as you can see almost all plant source foods do not contain cholesterol.

Tahini is a paste made from grinding roasted sesame seeds. Therefore, it originates from a plant source. Thus, it doesn’t contain any amounts of cholesterol. On the contrary, it’s rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (the good fats) that have been correlated with decreasing levels of blood cholesterol especially if used in the diet in place of the bad fats.

In conclusion, tahini is cholesterol-free and is rich in healthy fats which can help reduce total cholesterol levels yet, keep in mind 1 tablespoon of tahini contains between 80-90 kcal most of which are from fats; so always be alert to the quantities eaten.

Comments

  1. Chantal
    February 6, 2012

    Thank you for the information, now we can eat Tahini as much as we want 😉

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