Monday, April 14, 2014


Sesame seeds are probably one of the first oil seeds known to mankind. Sesame plant is a flowering plant belonging to the Pedaliaceae family. These seeds have the highest oil content among all seeds and a delicate nutty flavour which becomes more pronounced when they are roasted under low temperature for few minutes. These seeds can be consumed in raw or dried form or even as roasted snacks. They are used as an ingredient in several cuisines. Dry roasted sesame seeds are ground with olive into a thin light brown colour paste called known as ‘Tahini’ which is a popular middle-eastern dip. In Europe, they are commonly used in the manufacture of margarine.
There are several varieties of sesame seeds depending upon the type of cultivar such as white, black and brown seeds. White sesame seeds have higher iron content than black ones and are mostly used as ingredients in food or in the form of oil. Black sesame seeds are more flavourful and have a stronger aroma than white or brown sesame seeds and are preferably used in medicines. They contain 60% more calcium than white ones. White sesame seeds are hulled whereas black and brown ones retain their hulls.If you enjoy sprinkling sesame seeds into your cookie batter, on your salads and in your stir-fries, you’ll be happy to know that you’re doing your health a big favor! Tiny, crunchy, nutty sesame seeds are a nutritional wonder. Here’s a glance at the wonderful ways in which they boost your health:

These little seeds are loaded with essential minerals such as manganese, copper, iron, phosphorus and calcium.
The zinc in sesame seeds promotes bone health and prevents osteoporosis later in life.
Among all the nuts and seeds commonly eaten across the world, sesame seeds have been found to contain the highest amount of phytosterols, which are known to lower bad cholesterol.
Sesame seeds increase your levels of Vitamin E, which plays a vital role in fighting disease.
Sesame seed oil is known to reduce hypertension and ease stress.
The antioxidants in sesame seeds fight free radicals, thereby promoting youthfulness and strengthening the immune system.
A substance in sesame seeds has been found to inhibit the spread of many cancers.

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