We often add sesame seeds to sandwiches, snacks, desserts, sauces and salads. Did you know that this is not just a tasty culinary supplement, but also a very useful product? What benefits for the body gives sesame seed, its beneficial properties and contraindications we consider today.
Sesame seeds today are quite widespread in cooking, and as a home assistant in the fight against many of the problems of the body. Sesame or sesame is a herb that can be easily found in the countries of the Near and Far East, as well as in parts of the African continent. Recently, however, these amazing herbs have been trained to grow in other countries of the world.
The seeds of the plant are in an oblong box that has an elongated shape. During the ripening period, the box opens and a sesame seed appears. From here and went so well known to all the expression - "Open Sesame."
Despite the fact that many are accustomed to divide the sesame seed into only two categories, in nature there is a third unfamiliar species. All groups are very similar to each other in nutritional properties and the number of useful elements, but with slight differences:
- White seeds - the most common form, which contains the greatest concentration of calcium.
- Black seeds are much harder to find, most often they are used in dishes of traditional Chinese cuisine.
- Red seed is a very rare type of sesame. Compared with previous species, it contains an increased concentration of iron.
Useful properties of sesame seeds
Sesame contains a lot of useful substances. Moreover, it is just a storehouse of vitamins, which are extremely important for the human body. For example, fiber and soluble fats in sesame seed help to increase the body's defenses and the resistance of immunity to viral diseases and influenza.
Today, scientists have found that sesame includes:
- alimentary fiber;
- amino acids;
- vitamins of groups A, B, E;
- minerals: calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium, phosphorus and selenium, sodium, manganese and copper.
Sesame seeds are widely used to prepare many dishes, but its active ingredients are also good for solving a number of health problems:
- Eat sesame seeds if you suffer from low blood pressure or high cholesterol.
- Make homemade sesame oil, which is perfect for many cosmetic procedures, as well as for the treatment of hair and nails.
- The liver is one of the first organs on the list of people who want to get the most out of sesame seeds. The fact is that this product is rich in antioxidants that help remove free radicals from the liver tissues accumulated in the process of metabolism.
- The advantage of grains is the ability to effectively deal with constipation. Due to the wealth of fat-soluble and insoluble fibers, sesame helps to increase intestinal motility, and can also cope with colitis.
- Due to the high fiber content, sesame seed is used for weight loss. In addition to all the nutritional fibers help the body not only get rid of unwanted fats, but also remove harmful cholesterol.
- And due to its high calcium content, sesame is effective in preventing the development of osteoporosis and is a good alternative for those who suffer from lactose intolerance.
- In childhood and adolescence, doctors recommend eating sesame seeds in moderate amounts to strengthen the teeth and bones, as well as for mental and brain activity.
- These seeds are in demand among men who want to increase their libido and enjoy all the joys of an active sex life.
And recent research in this area has shown the amazing ability of sesame seeds to fight against certain types of cancer and malignant tumors.
Everything good should be in moderation
However, despite all the advantages of sesame seeds, many still debate on the topic of what they bring to the body more - benefit or harm. Of course, all the benefits of sesame are an indisputable fact, but only if the grain is eaten in small quantities.
Do not use sesame seeds in such cases:
- Never abuse the seeds if you are dieting or are prone to being overweight. Sesame is a very high-calorie food, and its excessive consumption can lead to the accumulation of subcutaneous fat.
- Refried sesame seeds secrete carcinogens. For the same reason, they should not be eaten by children under two years old.
- They can cause allergies or intolerances. Avoid eating sesame, if there is intolerance of seeds of sunflower, flax and cotton.
- Excessive use of sesame oil can lead to constipation and obstruction of the colon.
If you are not quite sure whether you can eat sesame grains, consult your doctor. In addition, a specialist will be able to assign an individual dosage for you.
You can eat sesame seeds raw or lightly fry them in a frying pan without oil. And in fact, and in another case, the additive will turn out extremely tasty. If you do not know how and in what form to take sesame seed, it is best to consult with a nutritionist.
Small grains have a rich soft taste, which allows their use in many different recipes:
- for salad dressing;
- cooking delicious muesli;
- baking aromatic and crispy sticks;
- seasoning soups and as a seasoning for rice.
You'd be surprised, but sesame seed is also used to replace breadcrumbs and flour. And together with olive oil, tahini is made of it. This is an eastern pasta, which is widespread in the East, in Greece, Turkey and some parts of Africa. Salted sesame seed in Japan replaces many seasonings, which makes the dishes extremely useful.
If there is nothing that could prevent you from eating sesame seeds, this product will be an excellent addition to your diet and will bring the body a lot of benefits.