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Is Tahini Paleo?

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Is Tahini Paleo?

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on January 04, 2012
at 04:38 PM

Pching, see Melissa's post (link above) on sesame seeds vs tahini.

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on January 04, 2012
at 03:05 PM

I thought sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds were on the OK to eat list... :/

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on January 04, 2012
at 01:23 PM

As a PHDer who eats white rice and peas, I'm not going to fall on a sword about whether or not tahini is paleo (TM). But for the reasons above, I wouldn't include it as a paleo staple!

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on January 04, 2012
at 01:19 PM

In it, she says of hummos/tahini that "It's used as a food, but as a food it provides inappropriate nutrition, particularly in the form of excess omega-6 fatty acids. Something people don't think about is that seeds and grains used as foods displace better foods."

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on January 04, 2012
at 01:17 PM

And it's not an argument for some like the Weston Price folks who point out that traditional methods for preparing foods (like soaking, sprouting, or fermenting) are ways of dealing with a food's anti-nutrient content. And I overstepped by lumping seeds in with grains. But Melissa has a great post specifically about the difference between eating some sesame seeds and eating lots of tahini or hummos: http://huntgatherlove.com/content/not-issue-paleo-or-not-paleo

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on January 04, 2012
at 02:58 AM

Can't see phytic acid being the disqualifying strike against any food. It's not a convincing argument.

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on January 03, 2012
at 11:44 PM

Thank you--you nailed exactly what I was misunderstanding!

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on January 03, 2012
at 11:38 PM

No. In general, any seed (or grain) is not paleo (TM) because of their anti-nutrients. These are typically the phytic acid (which interferes with mineral absorption) and lectins which contribute to leaky gut and other auto-immune issues. But the high omega 6 is to me the reason that tahini is more problematic despite the lack of bran where white rice (aka a PHD "safe" starch) is less problematic.

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on January 03, 2012
at 11:32 PM

Just a clarification: is the omega 6 the criteria you use to determine it's not paleo?

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on January 03, 2012
at 11:15 PM

While sesame seed bran is removed in making tahini (thus presumably some of the bad stuff like phytic acid), it is still fairly high in omega 6 PUFA: ~3.5g/tablespoon. But with that PUFA comes some vitamins and minerals too.

So no, tahini is not paleo. But if you like it (like I do ... especially in hummos), no one will call the paleo police if you decide to find a place for it in your diet occasionally.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on January 04, 2012
at 01:19 PM

In it, she says of hummos/tahini that "It's used as a food, but as a food it provides inappropriate nutrition, particularly in the form of excess omega-6 fatty acids. Something people don't think about is that seeds and grains used as foods displace better foods."

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on January 04, 2012
at 01:23 PM

As a PHDer who eats white rice and peas, I'm not going to fall on a sword about whether or not tahini is paleo (TM). But for the reasons above, I wouldn't include it as a paleo staple!

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on January 04, 2012
at 04:38 PM

Pching, see Melissa's post (link above) on sesame seeds vs tahini.

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(568)

on January 04, 2012
at 03:05 PM

I thought sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds were on the OK to eat list... :/

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on January 03, 2012
at 11:32 PM

Just a clarification: is the omega 6 the criteria you use to determine it's not paleo?

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on January 04, 2012
at 02:58 AM

Can't see phytic acid being the disqualifying strike against any food. It's not a convincing argument.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on January 04, 2012
at 01:17 PM

And it's not an argument for some like the Weston Price folks who point out that traditional methods for preparing foods (like soaking, sprouting, or fermenting) are ways of dealing with a food's anti-nutrient content. And I overstepped by lumping seeds in with grains. But Melissa has a great post specifically about the difference between eating some sesame seeds and eating lots of tahini or hummos: http://huntgatherlove.com/content/not-issue-paleo-or-not-paleo

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on January 03, 2012
at 11:44 PM

Thank you--you nailed exactly what I was misunderstanding!

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on January 03, 2012
at 11:38 PM

No. In general, any seed (or grain) is not paleo (TM) because of their anti-nutrients. These are typically the phytic acid (which interferes with mineral absorption) and lectins which contribute to leaky gut and other auto-immune issues. But the high omega 6 is to me the reason that tahini is more problematic despite the lack of bran where white rice (aka a PHD "safe" starch) is less problematic.

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on January 03, 2012
at 10:30 PM

I would say no. Unfortunately paleo isn't big on seeds in general. I think a dollop or two every once in while is just fine but wouldn't include it in my regular menu.

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on January 04, 2012
at 02:18 AM

thanks everybody! kudos to the Robb Wolf comment! I don't consume Tahini, I just see it in the stores all the time and wondered because I have not read a lot about it in any of the books. Don't consume a lot of nuts anyway because of their omega-6:omega-3 ratio and because they are nightshades that upset my stomach...but glad I now know about Tahini in order to inform others! Thanks!

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on January 04, 2012
at 12:21 AM

"If you have to ask, it probably isn't." -Robb Wolf

And, technically, nothing is...right?

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on January 03, 2012
at 11:36 PM

I'd say paleo by a hair, but high in PUFAs, specifically omega-6s. In the same boat as other nuts in paleo, enjoy sparingly. Most likely you'll incorporate it into something else and dilute down any PUFA bomb.

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on January 03, 2012
at 10:39 PM

On another thread with a similar inquiry, someone stated that hulled sesame seeds were used to make tahini, and that the bad stuff was in the hulls--suggesting that tahini might then be okay. I cannot substantiate the validity of this claim, but perhaps this is a direction in which to research?

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