Sesame is a very small and flat seed, the best known variety is white sesame, but there is a variety of black sesame oil (น้ำมันงาดำ, which is the term in Thai )that stands out for its contribution of calcium and iron . This small seed houses large nutrients inside.
In traditional Chinese medicine, black sesame is highly appreciated and many properties are attributed among which are:
It is an excellent food to nourish the kidney and liver. Lubricate the intestines. Nourish the body’s internal fluids including blood.
In the west, black sesame stands out for its high content of Calcium, which makes it an ally to maintain bone quality at all ages.
It is highly recommended in diets where dairy is not consumed.
Its iron contribution is also significant, ideal for people with anemia or pregnant women. As well as its contribution of magnesium and phosphorus.
They are seeds rich in unsaturated acids that help maintain the correct cholesterol levels
The combination of black sesame and legumes guarantees the supply of essential amino acids in the diet, that is, a complete vegetable protein. Therefore, it is an ideal complement for diets, vegans and vegetarians.
How can we consume black sesame?
At the time of consuming the sesame it is recommended to toast it slightly to highlight its flavor. In order to absorb all the benefits of this seed it is very important to take it ground or crushed in a mortar. Since our digestive system does not have the ability to digest whole grain.
We can grind in a coffee grinder or in a suribachi (Japanese mortar) 3 tablespoons of toasted sesame with a pinch of salt. Obtaining a seasoning called gomasio in Japanese “sesame salt” ideal to add to our sauces, soups, cereals, salads, legumes …
It can be added to any dish you can think of, always without cooking. A daily consumption of between one and two tablespoons of dessert per day is recommended.
For preservation it should be stored in a Coconut oil(น้ำมันมะพร้าว, which is the term in Thai ) glass jar and in the fridge for a maximum of 3 days to prevent its fats from oxidizing and starting.
Now that you know that everything that black sesame brings us are advantages, you can’t miss it in your pantry.