Sesame Seeds Benefits To Health and Its Many Uses

These are the sesame seeds benefits and the ways to use them.

SESAME SEEDS BENEFITS – Here are some details about sesame seeds including their health benefits and the ways to use them, especially in cooking.

Sesamum indicum L. or sesame is a crop grown mainly for the oil we can get from its seeds. This is native to Asia, Africa, and South America. 

The seeds are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. 

Since they are a great source of vital vitamins and minerals, they add significant value to a balanced diet.

Sesame Seeds Benefits
Photo lifted from Bob’s Red Mill

Some of its health benefits are:

  1. It has fiber which is not only for regularity but also to reduce the risks of breast cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and digestive conditions.
  2. It has sesamol which has the following properties:
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-mutagenic (stops the mutation of cells)
    • Anti-hepatotoxic (prevents liver damage)
    • Anti-inflammatory (fights inflammation)
    • Anti-aging
  3. A quarter cup of dried sesame has the following according to a post from WebMD:
    • Calories: 206
    • Protein: 6 grams
    • Fat: 18 grams
    • Carbohydrates: 8 grams
    • Sodium: 4 milligrams
    • Fiber: 4 grams
    • Sugar: 0 grams
  4. It can fight infections such as staph infections and strep throat. It is also effective against an athlete’s foot.

It has other vitamins and minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and vitamin B1.

What are its uses?

This seed can be used in soap, cosmetics, lubricants, and medicines. When it comes to cooking, it can be used to sprinkle on top of salads, stir-fries, or soups. Toasting can make it crunchier and more enhanced flavor.

Some bread, crackers, and cereal bars also have this type of seeds on top of them.

An added amount of this in dips and sauces adds flavor and nutrition. Sesame oil is also extracted from these.


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