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Thursday, 18 April 2013

Sesame Seed: Why are Sesame Seeds Healthy?

If you thought sesame seeds were just something you found on prawn toast or something you give to birds, think again! There are many health benefits and we'd like to share with you the reasons why they're so good for you:

  1. They are high in protein, fibre, vitamin B-complex, magnesium, calcium, iron and copper. Like all seeds, sesame is another important and easy thing to add to your diet.

  2. The protein in sesame seed is a good source of dietary protein, with good quality amino acids making up about 20% of the seed.

  3. There are many B-complex vitamins found in sesame such as thiamin (B1), niacin, folic acid, pyridoxine (B6) and riboflavin. B-complex vitamins are important for, and help to improve the nervous system, organs, metabolism, eyes, muscles, skin and hair.

  4. They are rich in essential minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, manganese and copper. These minerals are vital for red blood cell production, bone mineralization, enzyme synthesis and hormone production.

  5. Copper is particularly good for rheumatoid arthritis. Magnesium is really good for respiratory health and calcium helps prevent colon cancer, migraines, osteoporosis and PMS. With all these minerals, sesame seeds are important to get into your diet.

  6. Sesame are also especially high in mono-unsaturated fatty acid, oleic acid. Oleic acid helps to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol in the blood. Research suggests that a diet that is high in mono-unsaturated fats is a good aid in the prevention of coronary artery disease and strokes.

Here's a great video we found about the health benefits of Sesame Seeds:

Key nutrients found in sesame seeds:   
  • Copper     
  • Manganese     
  • Tryptophan     
  • Calcium    
  • Protein

Here's a little bit of Sesame history:
Considered to be the oldest oilseed crop known to humanity, Sesame has many species. Most species of sesame are wild, the most common being Sesamum, which are native to sub-Saharan Africa. However, there are many other theories for the origins of sesame seeds, which are dated up to 4000BC!

Sesame has been called a survivor crop due to the fact that it can be grown in drought conditions and high heat, as well as flooded fields, where no crops would normally grow.

Sesame Seeds: Why Are Sesame Seeds Good For You?