Tahini is a nutritious food made from sesame seeds. Although generally safe some people need to avoid or at least reduce the amount they eat for various reasons, these include:
- Those with an allergy to sesame seeds. An allergic reaction could cause itching, swelling, breathing difficultie and/or hives.
- Since tahini is high in fiber it may disrupt those with digestive issues such as irritbale bowel syndrom or inflammatory bowel disease.
- Tahini is also high in oxalates, which can increase the risk of kidney stone formation in some individuals.
Difference Between Baba Ganoush and Hummus
While Baba Ganoush is made from eggplant, hummus is made from chick peas. The eggplant creates a similar texture but gives a more smokey, sweeter taste. Baba Ganouss is also lower in calories and fat than Hummus making it a more healthy option.
Nutritional Benefits of Eggplants
Eggplants, known as aubergines in the UK, are a nutritious vegetable low in calories but high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Benefits include:
- Low in calories: with only 25 calories per 100 grams they are a great food to help weight loss.
- High in fiber: Eggplants are an excellent source of dietary fiber, which helps digestive health, prevents constipation, and lowers cholestero.
- Rich in antioxidants: Containing high levels of antioxidants such as anthocyanins. Anthocyanins have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and can help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
- Rich in vitamins and minerals: Including vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, potassium, and manganese.
- Aid brain health: Eggplants contain nasunin, which is a type of phytonutrient that has been shown to protect brain cells from damage and aid cognitive function.
- May help regulate blood sugar levels: Since eggplants contain high levels of fiber and low levels of carbohydrates, they help to regulate blood sugar levels and prevent insulin resistance.
How To Make Baba Ganoush Without Tahini
Baba Ganoush Wihout Tahini
- 1 Baking Sheet
- 1 Food Processor
- 1 Spoon
- 3 medium Eggplants (Aubergines)
- 4 tbsp Olive Oil extra virgin
- 1.5 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1/2 tsp Cumin
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- Preheat oven to 450F (230C)
- Bake for 20 mins until charred. Allow to cool
- Scoop out flesh with a spoon and add to food processor
- Add lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, cumin salt and pepper
- Process until smooth
- Serve with pita bread or crudites