Eat to Thrive

We still can’t believe 2019 is here! Looking back on last year, so much has happened at Soom. We launched our single-serve squeeze packs. Later, we introduced our first non-tahini product – Soom Silan. And we even launched in the UK and European countries. Let’s not forget, we welcomed a new Soom baby (with Amy becoming a mommy!). What a year it has been and we’re excited for what 2019 has to offer.

Eat to Thrive

To kickoff this year strongly, we’re eating to thrive. We realized how easy it is to still enjoy foods and treats without restricting ourselves of them. So, we’re swapping refined sugars and unhealthy fats with Soom Silan and Soom Tahini whenever we can to receive the health benefits of these products!

Let’s take a deeper dive into the nutrition of these two products. Find out why we’re inspired to make these swaps!

 

Silan Nutrition

According to Adina Fradkin, MS, RD, LDN, “When you’re looking for a sweet ingredient, dates pack a full nutrition punch compared to other sweeteners. Produced solely from organic dates, silan contains all of the vitamins and minerals found in the rich nutrient profile of dates. Tablespoon to tablespoon, silan boasts more than triple the potassium than is found in maple syrup. It also has over 10x the potassium than is found in honey. Silan also contains 2mg of iron per tablespoon, which is double the iron found in molasses. Plus, it has nearly a half gram of dietary fiber, while molasses, maple syrup, honey, and agave nectar provide virtually no dietary fiber at all. When you have such a variety of sweet ingredients to choose from, silan is a savvy nutritional choice for its impressive nutrient density that beats the competition.”

Additionally, Marisa Urda, RD, supplied us with additional date nutrition. “Dates are loaded with important minerals such as magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper, and iron, among many others. For more information as to what these minerals assist with, review this blog. Not only are dates high in minerals, but they are also packed full of several vitamins, especially vitamins A, C, D, and the B vitamins. Vitamin A is essential for healthy eyes and better vision. Vitamin C helps promote better skin elasticity (leading to smoother skin and less wrinkles). Vitamin D keeps your bones strong and also protects your immune system and muscles. Dates are also chock-full of vitamins from the B complex, especially vitamin B6, which keeps your nervous system, liver, and metabolism functioning properl. It also provides you with a burst of energy.”

Because silan is full of nutrition, it’s an easy choice for us to swap Soom Silan almost every time for maple syrup. (Think challah French toast or whole grain pancakes). We’d also rather use silan anytime we reach for honey to sweeten our tea. It offers a richer flavor, too, which complements the flavor of fruity teas. In addition, anytime we’re craving a sweet treat, we can always opt for a tablespoon of Soom Chocolate Sweet Tahini Halva Spread. Or, we can sub silan in for other sugar substitutes in the recipes!

 

Tahini Nutrition

Urda also wrote a blog post about the health benefits of tahini. She suggests substituting tahini anywhere we could for unhealthier fats, like butter and oil in desserts and cream in dressings, soups, and sauces.  Tahini is loaded in polyunsaturated fats – the good types of fats. It’s also loaded with essential nutrients and minerals including calcium, copper, magnesium, and phosphorus, zinc, iron, copper, and selenium. “Not only is tahini good for the insides of our bodies, but it is also good for the outsides, as well. Sesame seeds, the main ingredient of tahini, are rich in B vitamins, zinc, amino acids, and fatty acids, which all contribute to glowing skin and healthy hair. The healthy fatty acids and high levels of Vitamin E prevent dryness by decreasing inflammation and keeping your skin and hair moist, while the amino acids and zinc play a role in repairing damaged skin tissue to give your skin a healthy, youthful glow.”

In addition, Fradkin shared other nutrition comparisons regarding why you should add tahini to your daily intake. “Tahini is absolutely one of the most nutrient-packed foods out there. It boasts a more impressive nutrient profile than many other foods that we regard as being known for specific vitamin and mineral content. Ounce for ounce, it contains nearly 3x more iron than is found in lentils, almost double the phosphorus and 6x more calcium than is found in peanut butter, more zinc and copper than is found in both peanut or almond butter, and over 3x the omega-3 fatty acid and magnesium content of avocados. Tahini has a nutrient profile that truly speaks for itself compared to so many foods you are probably eating, making tahini a simple and smart switch to make for nutrition and flavor.”

We’re excited to begin incorporating these products into our lives even more and hope you join us in eating to thrive!


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