The lignan fibers in sesame seeds help lower “bad” cholesterol, and the seeds may also have an antiinflammatory action,reducing the pain of arthritis.

Sesame seeds contain two special types of fiber—sesamin and sesamolin—which are members of the lignans group. They can lower “bad” cholesterol and help prevent high blood pressure which helps to protect against cardiovascular disease. Sesamin is a powerful antioxidant in its own right and has been shown to protect the liver from damage. Plant sterols contained in the seeds also have a cholesterol-lowering action. The seeds are particularly rich in copper, which may be of use to arthritis sufferers because it is thought to have an anti-inflammatory action, reducing pain and swelling. Sesame seeds also contain the minerals iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium in varying quantities. Good source of plant fibers and sterols to help lower cholesterol. Source of the antioxidant lignan sesamin. High in iron and zinc. Contain large amounts of calcium useful for non-dairy eaters.

Practical tips:
Store in a cool, dry, dark place in an airtight tin. Sesame seeds can be eaten raw or lightly toasted in an oven on low heat, but do not overcook—this destroys some healthy fats. Sprinkle the seeds on vegetables such as broccoli or spinach before serving, or add to grain salads. Sesame seed oil is good for stir-fries while tahini, a sesame seed paste, can be added to hummus and other dips.

Sesame seeds can be found in a range of colors that include pale cream, brown, red, and black; the darker the color, the stronger the flavor tends to be.

Post a Comment