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.
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?
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.
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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