Benefits of Za’atar

Za’atar is a delicious and versatile seasoning to add a blast of fresh Mediterranean flavor to your meals. But you may not know that it’s also a superfood packed with health benefits. We’re covering some of the most important benefits of za’atar.

It’s no secret that we love za’atar around here. From breakfasts of za’atar-spiced scones to snacks of herby popcorn and dinners of za’atar-crusted salmon, it’s hard to get enough of this crunchy, nutty and herbaceous spice blend.

And the good news is that there are plenty of reasons to eat more za’atar aside from its wonderfully complex flavor. This herb blend is full of nutritional benefits.

Ingredients in Za’atar

While different za’atar spice blends contain various ingredients, the most traditional components of this popular seasoning are:
  • Dried Middle Eastern or Mediterranean thyme
  • Dried oregano
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sumac
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

Individually, these spices, seeds and oils offer impressive benefits and nutrients. So naturally, blending them together makes a total superfood.

Health Benefits of Za’atar

Here are some of the most important health benefits of za’atar:
  • Flavonoids. Sumac is an excellent source of flavonoids, which act as antioxidants in the body to prevent chronic conditions and improve enzyme function. Sumac has long been used as an ayurvedic medicine to treat illness.
  • Polyphenols. These are potent plant-based antioxidants found in thyme and oregano. They help fight free radicals in the body to prevent cancer.
  • Anti-inflammatory. Sesame seeds have certain antiinflammatory properties. Inflammation can worsen conditions like diabetes, heart and kidney disease. And seeds like flax, sesame, and chia, help reduce inflammation.
  • Vitamins. Za’atar is also an excellent source of vitamins A, C, E and K. All of these are essential vitamins that play a role in metabolism, immune functioning, skin health, and more.
  • Monounsaturated fats. Olive oil is one of the best food sources of this heart-healthy variety of fat, which can help reduce inflammation and may reduce the risk of cancer.

Is Za’atar Gluten-Free?

Yes it’s naturally free of wheat and gluten. However, we don’t make specific claims because the equipment we use is shared. Zesty Z Za’atar Seasoning is wheat free, vegan, soy-free, and free of any fillers, preservatives or additives. We use only the cleanest and highest-quality ingredients to make sure that every shake offers maximum flavor and health benefits.

Allergens in Za’atar

Za’atar spice mix does not contain any of the top eight most common allergens.

What can I do with Za’atar?

We’re so glad you asked! There are countless ways to enjoy the health benefits and zesty flavor of this Middle Eastern spice mix. Our recipe archive is full of inspiration.