Saturday, February 8, 2014

Sesame Seed Butter Review

Lately I have taken an interest in peanut butter alternatives, not because of any allergy or anything, but just to get some variety.  Butters made from nuts and seeds are a healthy way to get proteins and fats in your diet.  Recently I tried almond butter which was pretty good.  It tasted just like ground up almonds.  It also had more of a gritty texture compared to peanut butter.  While I liked the almond butter, there was another butter I saw at the store which looked interesting and that was sesame seed butter.

Sesame seed butter is also known as tahini and it is basically just ground up sesame seeds.  The price was pretty good and the nutrition facts looked healthy so I decided to give it a try.  The brand is Krinos and it comes in a 1 pound jar.  The oil separates from the butter so it requires a lot of shaking before opening it. 

Compared to peanut butter, the sesame seed butter has more calories, more fat, and more protein for the same serving size.  This is great if you are looking to get extra calories in your diet.  It also has a little more fiber and less sugar.  This product is 100% sesame seeds so nothing is added to enhance the flavor. 

Upon opening it I found the consistency to be very liquidy, in fact I didn't even use a knife to put it on bread, rather I just poured it out onto the bread.  I tasted some with a knife.  I found the taste to be somewhat bitter and sour.  I would also describe it as a savory kind of taste.  It is definitely different.  Overall the taste was not that good, but still edible.  It might be better if they added some flavor enhancements to it.

Overall tahini sesame seed butter is a unique spread and a good alternative to peanut butter if you are looking to change things up a bit. The taste is not nearly as good as peanut butter but the nutrition is just as good if not better. 

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