Sesame Seeds (ACO)
Sesame seeds are truly one of the most ancient foods on Earth. In fact, sesame plants are the oldest known plant species to be grown primarily for their seeds and oils rather than for their leaves, fruits or vegetables.
Highly valued in eastern, Mediterranean and African cultures, sesame seeds (Sesamum indicum) have been used for thousands of years to flavor foods, provide essential fats and enhance skin health. Sesame has one of the highest oil contents of any seed and boasts a rich, nutty flavor, which is why sesame oil, tahini and the seeds themselves are common ingredients in cuisines across the world.
What Are Sesame Seeds?
Although sesame seeds are a common ingredient added to everything from stir-fries to bagels, many people often wonder: Where do sesame seeds come from?
Sesame seeds are derived from a flowering sesame plant in the genus Sesamum. Sesame seed pods burst open when they reach full maturity, revealing the seeds of the sesame seed plant, which hold its valuable oils. Sesame seeds contain up to 60 percent oil and 20 percent protein, making them a high source of both essential fatty acids and amino acids.
The seeds contain about 50 percent to 60 percent of a fatty oil that is characterized by two beneficial members of the lignan family: sesamin and sesamolin. Sesame oil also contains two other phenolic compounds, sesamol and sesaminol, which are formed during the refining process.
Oil derived from sesame is rich in linoleic and oleic acids, the majority of which are gamma-tocopherol and other isomers of vitamin E. Some of the specific amino acids found in each serving include lysine, tryptophan and methionine. (1)
Top 7 Benefits of Sesame Seeds
- Rich in Essential Nutrients
- Lower Cholesterol Levels
- Reduce Blood Pressure
- Balance Hormone Levels
- Fight Cancer Cell Growth
- Boost Fat-Burning
- Enhance Nutrient Absorption
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Take one look at the sesame seeds nutrition profile, and it’s easy to see why these tiny but powerful seeds are stellar for your health. Each serving of sesame seed nutrition squeezes in a good amount of essential nutrients, including high amounts of protein, copper, manganese and calcium.
Just one tablespoon (about nine grams) of sesame seeds contains approximately: (14)
In addition to the nutrients listed above, sesame seeds also contain a small amount of niacin, folate, riboflavin, selenium and potassium.
Sesame Seeds in Ayurveda, TCM and Traditional Medicine
Sesame seeds are often used in many forms of holistic medicine for centuries, thanks to their medicinal and health-promoting properties.
On an Ayurvedic diet, sesame seeds have been used to increase stamina, enhance fertility, increase energy levels and help satisfy the stomach. Sesame oil is another common ingredient used in the practice of Ayurveda and is used topically for self-massages. Sniffing or gargling with sesame oil is also thought to help clear out mucus and promote oral health.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, black sesame seeds can help tonify the blood, build the spirit, and improve kidney and liver health. They are also used to help naturally treat issues like constipation, dizziness, weakness and backaches.
Sesame Seeds vs. Chia Seeds vs. Sunflower Seeds vs. Poppy Seeds
Sesame, chia, sunflower and poppy seeds are some of the most popular seeds on the market and are often added to everything from yogurt to trail mix and desserts. Sunflower seeds are often eaten as is for a delicious and salty snack, but sesame, chia and poppy seeds are more often used in recipes to add a bit of crunch and a burst of health benefits to dishes.
In terms of nutrition, all three are high in fiber and contain a wealth of vitamins and minerals that are essential to health. Gram for gram, sunflower seeds are the highest in calories but also contain the most protein. Chia seeds are unrivaled in terms of fiber, with over four times as much fiber per gram than sunflower seeds and three times as much as sesame seeds. Meanwhile, poppy seeds pack in the highest amount of calcium and manganese, two important minerals that play a central role in bone health. (15, 16) Sesame seeds, on the other hand, are packed with copper, a trace mineral that regulates tissue growth and repair and maintains metabolism. (17)
For best results, try rotating between all four in your diet to take advantage of the multitude of health benefits that each has to offer.
Like other nuts and foods, sesame can trigger allergic reactions in some people. Some research suggests that the prevalence of sesame allergy cases might be on the rise, possibly due to cross-contamination with other nuts or seeds and due to manufacturing processes. People who have a difficult time digesting nuts and seeds, including almonds, flaxseeds and chia seeds, might want to use caution when eating sesame seeds.
Sesame seeds also contain oxalates as mentioned earlier, and most of the calcium found in the seed hull comes in the form of calcium oxalate. Most tahini found in grocery stores is most often made with seed kernels that remain after the hull has been removed. These products are generally safe in moderate amounts on an oxalate-restricted diet, but keep in mind that intact seed hulls might have more oxalates, which can aggravate some conditions like kidney stones and gout.
Product labels don’t always indicate whether the hulls have been removed or not, so you can judge by the color and taste. Tahini made from whole, non-hulled seeds is darker and more bitter-tasting than the heavier oxalate types made with hulled sesame kernels.
Additionally, anyone with Wilson’s disease, which is a genetic disorder that causes copper to accumulate in the liver, should avoid large amounts of sesame seeds due to their copper content.
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