In a world of the latest and greatest health ingredients, it can be easy to be overwhelmed by what’s actually healthy and what’s just a passing fad. With several millenniums in the making, you can be certain that Sesame seeds are a health food ingredient that’s here to stay. Here’s why.
Traced back 4000 years to Babylon and Assyria, Sesame seeds are considered the oldest oilseed crop known to man. Seen as one of the first plants to be used as a condiment as well as an edible oil, the first recorded use of it as a spice comes from Assyrian mythology, which states gods drank sesame wine the night before they created Earth. Historically, the seeds were favored because they grew prosperously in areas that did not support the growth of other crops; for instance, in the middle of a drought or in excessive rain. Talk about a seed that was built to last!
So what makes it healthy? Sesame has one of the largest oil contents of any seed. In the near and far east, it’s considered a main source of healthy fat for cooking and is a common ingredient in meals around the world. It’s full of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and dietary fiber and through these vitamins and minerals has been known to prevent high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and more. There’s a reason we call it the super seed. Along with its hearty nature and rich history, it’s health benefits and cooking abilities are as plentiful as they are delicious.
Speaking of delicious, if you’re ready to jump on the Sesame train, now’s the time to do it. With it’s rich and nutty flavor, it’s an excellent substitute to the highly-processed peanut butter and jelly, a healthy topping on fruits and veggies and an appetizing alternative to put on your morning toast. Ready to try it for yourself? Check out Sesame Kingdom, who specializes in making Mediterranean spreads that are free of preservatives, gluten, dairy, refined sugar, and nuts. Most importantly, their delicious spreads number one ingredient? You guessed it. Sesame. So regardless what exciting flavor you prefer (and there are several!), you can guarantee you’re getting the delicious healthy punch of Sesame no matter how you spread it.