Did you know that half a cup of sesame seeds contains three times more calcium than half a cup of whole milk? In addition to being an excellent dietary source of calcium, sesame seeds are also a good source of manganese, copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1 (thiamin), zinc, vitamin E, healthy protein, and dietary fiber. A quarter-cup of sesame seeds supplies around 75% of the daily value for copper, 31% of the DV for magnesium, and 35% of the DV for calcium.
In addition to these important nutrients, sesame seeds contain two unique substances called sesamin and sesamolin. Both of these substances have been shown to have a cholesterol-lowering effect in humans, and to prevent high blood pressure and increase vitamin E supplies. Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage.
Sesame seeds add a nutty taste and great flavour to many Asian dishes. Sesame oil can be added to stir fries for a yummy taste.
One of the best ways to get the health benefits of sesame seeds is by eating Hummus. They are the main ingredients in tahini (sesame seed paste) used to make Hummus and the wonderful Middle Eastern sweet call halvah (Halawa). Try this great Asparagus and sesame recipe:
1 bunch asparagus, 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or oil of your choice), 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds, lightly toasted (toast in frying pan on high heat for a few mns), salt to taste. Fill a saucepan with 1 inch of water and bring to the boil. Cook Asparagus in the water for 5 mns until tender-crisp. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Shake off excess water and put back in pan over medium heat, pour in the oil and swirl around the pan, add the sesame seeds and salt to taste.
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