Assyrian legends tells of gods who drank sesame wine one night and created the earth the following day. Impressive, no?
Sesame seeds are full of flavor and packed with nutrients!
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The scientific name for sesame seeds. These seeds may be tiny, but they are worth their weight in nutrient-rich gold! Historically, the seeds were one of the first oil producing crops, valued for their high resistance to rancidity.
Sesame seeds have the highest percentage of phytosterols when compared to other nuts and seeds. Phytosterols are plant compounds known to help reduce cholesterol.
Sesame seeds are rich in copper, a trace mineral known to be important in a number of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant enzyme systems.
Sesame seeds are a good source of calcium, which helps prevent osteoporosis and migraines. Next time you are about to spread cream cheese over your bagel, think about replacing it with tahini: a dairy-free option with seven times the amount of calcium!
Did you know that there is more iron in a cup of sesame seeds than in a cup of cooked broccoli?
Sesame seeds are packed with protein, weighing in at 4.7 grams of protein per ounce. Did you know that a cup of sesame seeds has three times the protein found in a cup of tofu?
The high zinc and copper content in sesame seeds helps to produce collagen, supporting skin elasticity and helping to repair damaged body tissue.
Sesame seeds are packed with minerals and nutrients, including copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber.
Nutrients found in sesame seeds (per 1/4 cup)
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