Tahini is a paste made from toasted, ground sesame seeds. It has a light, nutty flavor.

Tahini is full of healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals, all of which support brain health. Tahini also contains antioxidants called lignans, which help prevent free radical damage in your body and may reduce your risk of disease.

It’s well known as an ingredient in hummus, but it also makes an excellent stand-alone spread or dip for pita bread, meat, and vegetables. You can also add it to dips, salad dressings, and baked goods.