Interesting Facts About Sesame Seeds

Introduction:What do you know about sesame seeds? That you can order your hamburger on a sesame seed bun? Maybe you remember, "Open Sesame", the magical words that opened the treasure cave for Ali Baba. Perhaps you even sprinkle them on salads for the crunch factor. Keep reading and you'll discover many interesting facts about sesame seeds.

  • 01

    Pop Goes the Sesame

    Ancient lore has it that Ali Baba's famous words related to the popping sound of ripe sesame seeds. Sesame plants reach a height of about three feet, but can grow as tall as seven feet. The white or purple flowers mature into pods, containing edible seeds. When the seeds ripen - they go pop - and scatter to the four winds. For this reason, most sesame seeds are harvested before they ripen.

  • 02

    Reduce Heart Disease

    The Journal of Food Science reported when researchers tested an isolated sesame protein on rats that ate a high cholesterol diet, the protein raised HDL (good cholesterol) levels by 41%. In addition their LDL (bad) cholesterol lowered, as did triglyceride levels.

  • 03

    Ancient Curative

    Medicinal uses for sesame date back to 3000 B.C. where the women of Assyria used it to promote beauty and retain youth. In fact, the ancients believed sesame oil to be a curative for ailments ranging from healthy bones, blurred vision, and headache to liver ailment.

  • 04

    Sesame Is "Benne"

    Sesame is known in Africa as "benne" or good luck. Considering the range of health benefits, the term "benne" seems appropriate. Protein comprises about 1/5 of the sesame seed, making it a super-concentrated protein source. The seeds are rich in calcium and magnesium to help build stronger bones, which lends credence to ancient beliefs. Following flaxseeds, sesame seeds are the greatest source of lingans, which lower the risk of certain breast cancers.

  • 05

    Edible Sesame Oil

    Perhaps the greatest contribution of the misbegotten sesame is its' edible oil, which is comprised in general of polyunsaturated fat. Sesame oil is versatile and healthy. It is highly concentrated in Vitamin E, an anti-oxidant that lowers cholesterol.

    Use edible sesame oil as a flavor enhancer, as a sauté, combine with vinegar for a salad dressing or toss it in vegetables, to give them a sweet nutty taste.




Final Thoughts

When baby gets cranky, massage him with benne sesame oil, which is calming to his little psyche.

Enjoy sesame; an extra dose of good luck can't harm anybody!




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