Sesame paste (though not called tahini) is also used in some East Asian cuisines. The word Tahini is a loanword from modern Greek tachíni. The word tahini appeared in English by the late 1930s. In addition, more research is needed to fully understand how sesame seeds affect inflammation in humans, but it certainly affects in some way. Sesame seeds are also being researched for their potential anticancer effects, so tahini may be helpful.