Did you know that sesame seeds were used in the food in 1500 BC by ancient Egyptians? It is thought that the small sesame seeds with a rich taste and aroma are the oldest spice that was known to the people. Sesame is often used in Asian cuisine and gives to the dishes “nutty” and delicate flavor. The most famous dishes which are made from sesame is Tahan – tahini paste and wonderful halva.
Here’s why it is good to eat sesame seed
Sesame is rich in fiber, vitamins and essential minerals such as copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium, selenium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, molybdenum, and vitamin B1. Especially important is that sesame in its composition is containing two ingredients: sesamin and sesamolin that belong to the group of special fibers known as lignans. These two compounds have the effect of reducing blood cholesterol, prevent high blood pressure and the sesamin protects the liver from damage caused by free radicals.
It is considered that sesame seeds have many health benefits such as:
- improves the health of the bones and prevent osteoporosis
- positively affect the health of the teeth and prevents bleeding gums
- fight against harmful radicals
- possess anticancer properties
- acting anti-inflammatory and improves mood.
Thanks to the ingredients they contain, sesame seeds slow down the aging process, and the oil that is highly valued worldwide reduces bad cholesterol, helps regulate blood pressure and reduces the risk of some types of cancer. Sesame oil in traditional medicine is used for treatment of diseases which are associated with blood clotting.
5 great ideas that will help you use sesame seeds in your meals
- next time when you make homemade bread, snacks, cookies or muffins, add sesame seeds to the dough.
- sesame combines great with steamed broccoli, which is sprinkled with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- make tahini paste, put it on a piece of bread and consume it for breakfast or snack.
- sesame seeds can be added to dishes with soy sauce, minced garlic in salads, vegetables and pasta.
- prepare simmering chicken with sesame seeds, soy sauce, garlic and ginger.