The Plant-Based Superfood You Should Be Eating Daily For Glowing Skin
You might already know tahini as an ingredient in hummus, but did you know it’s great for everything from promoting better digestion to getting a good dose of plant-based protein to improving skin health and giving you that healthy glow?
Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds (think the sesame seed version of peanut butter) and is full of copper, zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, B1, selenium, fiber, and protein. It’s one of my favorite foods, so naturally it pops up in my new cookbook, The New Nourishing, a lot. One of the reasons I love it is that it’s so versatile—it goes with both sweet and savory flavors, adds low-key nutty and bitter flavors, and brings lush, creamy textures to sauces, dips, and spreads. I use it on baked pears and socca pancakes as the base for a creamy maple cinnamon sauce; as a spread for toast with fresh figs and honey; in salad dressings of all kinds (creamy chipotle, herby ranch, and tangy miso-lemon); and in hummus, of course.
How it makes your skin glow.
Tahini is made up of essential fatty acids, those vital healthy fats that can help lower inflammation, promote brain health, and boost nutrient absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin E, which helps stop free radical damage in its tracks. The zinc in tahini helps repair tissue damage and is a building block of collagen, which keeps our skin strong, supple, and able to bounce back. Tahini’s copper content can help reduce inflammation in the body—especially the metabolic and nervous systems and joints, keeping both your skin and your body happy and mobile. Oil from sesame seeds is a natural antibacterial as well, which can encourage healthy skin.