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What are the health benefits of Sesame Oil ?

Sesame is a flowering plant that comes from Pedaliaceae Family. Sesame is primarily grown and used for its oil-rich seeds, which comes with versatile colours, ranging from cream white to charcoal black.

Originality: Most of the wild species of Sesame are native to sub-Saharan Africa. In general, the paler variety of sesame is more valued in the West and Middle East, while both the pale and black varieties are prized in the Far East. In Greece, it is being used in cakes whereas in Togo, it is famous as the main soup ingredient. Regarding its huge usage, about one-third of Mexico’s sesame crop is exported to the United States and purchased by Mc Donald’s for famous sesame seeds buns. In India, it is famous in everywhere whether it is Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Manipur and even Assam; it is utilized in all four directions of India.

Cuisine’s Usage: The Small Sesame seed is used whole in cooking for its loaded nutty flavour. Sesame seeds are sometimes added to breads, including bagels, and tops of the hamburger buns. It is also used to garnish Sushi by sprinkling it over Sushi style foods. Even, whole seeds are also found in salads and baked snacks as well in Japan. Tan and black sesame seed varieties are roasted and used for flavouring gomashio. Light sesame oil has a high smoke point and is suitable for deep-frying while dark sesame oil has a slightly lower smoke point and is unsuitable for deep-frying. Instead it can be used for stir frying of meats or vegetables or for making of an omelette. East Asian cuisines often use roasted sesame oil for seasoning.

Nutrients: It possesses Energy of 567 Kcal, Carbohydrates of 26.04g, Sugars of 0.48g, 48g of Fats, 16.96g of Proteins and much more in Vitamins and Minerals.

Sesame Oil: It is an edible vegetable oil extracted from sesame seeds. Besides its usage as cooking oil in South India, it is often used as a flavour enhancer in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and a lesser extent Southeast Asian Cuisine. The Oil extracted from nutrient rich Sesame seed is very well-liked in alternative medicine –from traditional massages and treatments to modern advanced day fads. Ancient Indian Medical System perceives sesame oil to pacify stress related symptoms and on-going research indicates that it contains rich anti-oxidants and poly saturated fats that could ensure a help in controlling blood pressure. The Oil is trendy to use in Asia too as one of the earliest known crop based oil.

Ayurvedic Usage: In India, Sesame oil is reputed to penetrate the skin easily and is used for oil massage as well. In fact, in Maharashtra, Sesame Oil known as Teel Tel is particularly used for massaging the foot. It is also used for hair and scalp massage. Because of its enriched massaging benefits, it is broadly used in Ayurvedic Drugs. Spiritually in Hinduism, it is also used to lighten up a deepa or oil lamps in front of shrines for the Deities what they called performing Puja in Hindu temples. Also, specifically, it is applied to stones Deities in temple shrines in Southern India.

Alternative Medicine: Being a rich source of vitamins like vitamin E, it is used as an anti-oxidant that is correlated in lowering the cholesterol levels. As it comprises of certain minerals too such as magnesium, copper, calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin B6, Copper provides relief for rheumatoid arthritis. Magnesium supports vascular and respiratory health. Calcium helps in preventing colon cancer, osteoporosis, and migraine while Zinc promotes bone health.
Sesame Oil is also enriched with polyunsaturated fatty acids i.e. Omega 6 fatty acids; it is advised to be used in controlling blood pressure and hypertension. This is the reason it is sometimes used in place of regular edible oil.

Precaution: Despite its numerable nutrients, it is not suggested for people who have diarrhoea because of its laxative effects. According to American Heart Association, no more than 10% of person’s total caloric intake should be derived from sesame oil. Oil massages should be avoided immediately after administering enemas, emetics or purgatives, during the first stage of fever or if suffering from indigestion. There is cross-reactivity between sesame allergens and peanut, rye, kiwi, poppy seed and various tree nuts (cashew, walnut, hazelnut etc.) as it may lead to anaphylactic shock which can be fatal.

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