Saturday, 12 June 2010

Sesame seeds

English Name: Sesame Seeds

Common Indian (Hindi) Name: Til

  • Sesame is an ancient spice, one of the first recorded plants used for its seeds.
  • They are tiny, flat ovals, measuring about 3 mm (1/8 in) long. Seed color can vary, though they are usually beige or creamy white when husked.
  • Sesame seeds are reported to help in strengthening the heart and cardiovascular system and to be good for the nervous system.
  • Sesame seeds feature lignans, which are said to be strong antioxidants.
  • They are believed to be an excellent source of Omega- 3 and Omega- 6 essential fatty acids, seen as good for sustaining a healthy heart.
  • They are often a great source of Calcium, iron, magnesium and Vitamin E.
  • They also contain selenium which is said to help in enhancing moods.
  • Non-culinary uses include its use as an ingredient in soap, cosmetics, lubricants and medicines. In southern India it is used to anoint the body and hair.

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