Hulled tahini does not grind the whole sesame seed and because of this it does not contain as much calcium, protein and vitamins as unhulled. Unhulled tahini is made from the whole sesame seed and it the most nutritionally packed type of tahini. Hulled tahini is not as bitter tasting as the unhulled type.
Unhulled Tahini is a sesame seed paste dark in colour and with a richer sesame taste. Sesame seeds are rich in vitamins and minerals, protein, calcium, and iron. In Hindu mythology the god Yama blessed the sesame seed and it has since become regarded throughout the East as a symbol of immortality. Unhulled Tahini is darker in colour and rich in flavour than hulled Tahini. A must if you like a rich sesame flavour.
Although its exact origin is unknown, it is believed that it originated in Africa more than 5,000 years ago. Now it is cultivated mostly in tropical and subtropical areas of the world for its edible seeds.
Nutrition and Health Benefit:
Sesame seeds contain high amounts of unsaturated fat, for example, omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids, which increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels.
They also contain antioxidant substances called lignan. Among those lignans, there are unique substances only sesame seeds have, such as sesamin and sesamolin. These substances are known to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol level, and enhance liver function.
Sesame seeds are a rich source of vitamin E, which also acts as an antioxidant. It also contains the vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and B6.
They are also a good source of protein, minerals and dietary fiber as well.
It is known that the nutrients of sesame seeds are better absorbed if they are ground or pulverized before consumption because they are likely not to be digested and absorbed due to its hard skin.