Sesame is one of the oldest
cultivated plants in the world and may be the oldest condiment known to man.
They are highly valued for their oil which is exceptionally resistant to rancidity.
While it is beginning to regain favor due to its
exceptionally high calcium and magnesium
and iron content, few realize it is also one of the most potent medicinal foods
still commonly consumed today. The tiny sesame seed delivers a
big nutritional boost toward growing healthy bones, and is a great source of
antioxidants. This tasty seed is almost 19 percent protein and is richly endowed
with B vitamins, and minerals. They are also high in fiber. Try to find
unhulled, whole sesame seeds; these are darker in color and considerably richer
in nutrients than their white, hulled cousins.
Sesame seeds are the main ingredients in
Tahini and the Middle Eastern sweet treat, Halvah.
Here are a few ailments Sesame can help with:
Diabetes, High Blood Pressure,
Gingivitis/Dental Plaque, Multiple Sclerosis,
Antibiotic-Induced Kidney Damage,
Atherosclerosis, Depression, Tinnitus,
Blurred Vision and Dizziness,
Sesame deserves to be recognized, along with garlic,
honey, turmeric and a select few other substances,
as an easily accessible and affordable food-medicine that,
if consumed regularly, could quite possibly save lives.
A good way to add sesame seeds to
your diet is sesame butter.
Sweet Sesame Snack Balls
Combine sesame butter and whole sesame seeds
To form a stiff paste, add honey to sweeten.
Then form into balls, and roll into
unsweetened coconut shreds.
Refrigerate, and enjoy.
A Few Quick Serving Ideas
Add sesame seeds into the batter the next time
you make homemade bread, muffins or cookies.
Use the traditional macrobiotic seasoning, gomasio,
to enliven your food. You can either purchase gomasio at a
health food store or make your own by using a
mortar and pestle. Simply mix together one part dry
roasted sea salt with twelve
parts dry roasted sesame seeds.
Sesame seeds add a great touch to steamed
broccoli that has been sprinkled with lemon juice.
Spread tahini (sesame paste) on toasted bread
and either drizzle with honey for a sweet
treat or combine with miso for a savory snack.
Combine toasted sesame seeds with rice vinegar,
soy sauce and crushed garlic and use as
a dressing for salads, vegetables and noodles.
Healthy sauté chicken with sesame seeds,
soy sauce, garlic, ginger and your favorite
vegetables for a healthy, but quick,