Simsim or sesame as it is known in East Africa, is used in African cuisine.
Sesame seeds and oil are used extensively in India.Sesame seeds are tiny, oil-rich seeds that grow in pods on the Sesamum indicum plant.Unhulled seeds have the outer, edible husk intact while hulled seeds come without the husk,the hull gives the seeds a golden-brown hue. Hulled seeds have an off-white color but turn brown when roasted.
Sesame seeds have many potential health benefits and have been used in folk medicine for thousands of years.They may protect against heart disease, diabetes and arthritis.
Are sesame seeds good for you?
Yes, absolutely the benefits of sesame seeds are not just culinary but this nutrient-dense condiment is good for our body as well. Sesame seeds include a combination of vitamins and minerals and are one of the healthiest foods in the world.
Health Benefits Of Sesame Seeds
1. High in antioxidants
Sesame oil contains sesamol and sesaminol, two antioxidants that may have powerful effects on your health.Antioxidants are substances that help reduce cell damage caused by free radicals. An accumulation of free radicals in your cells may lead to inflammation and disease.
2. Prevent Diabetes
Sesame seeds contain magnesium and other nutrients that have been shown to combat diabetes. The usage of sesame seed oil as the sole edible oil has been found to be effective in lowering the blood pressure and plasma glucose in hypersensitive diabetics
Sesame seeds, particularly the black ones, are rich in iron. Hence, they are highly recommended for those suffering from anemia and weakness
4.Sesame seed keeps your heart healthy
The high fiber content of sesame seeds is also good for the heart. It works to reduce levels of bad cholesterol in arteries and blood vessels.Therefore,Sesame seed prevents conditions like heart attacks, stroke and atherosclerosis.
Note; Like everything else, sesame seeds should also be consumed in moderation. Excessive consumption can cause bowel and colon irritation, which is in fact the opposite of what sesame seeds are ideally supposed to do for the human body.
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