With sesame seeds, stock up on antioxidants which, combined with vegetable proteins and good fats, delay the aging process.
There are seeds, in nature, that have exceptional antioxidant properties: among these, at the top of the ranking, there are those of flax, chia and sesame seeds. In terms of versatility in the kitchen, however, sesame seeds are unbeatable. Combined with legumes and cereals, sesame seeds give rise to preparations rich in vegetable proteins that increase muscle mass but do not affect the cardiovascular system and are therefore preferred. But sesame seeds can also be used for breading, added to salads, soups, steamed vegetables, sauces and, finally, flour to make homemade bread. Oil is also extracted from sesame seeds: its constant consumption in place of other condiments has been associated with a reduction in the risk of developing stomach cancer.
Sesame seeds need only one tablespoon a day
Daily use allows the storage of all essential amino acids, in particular tryptophan and methionine, a high calcium content, the precious vitamin E (antioxidant) and important minerals such as magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. The anticancer action of sesame seeds is expressed thanks to the massive presence of two lignans, sesamin and sesamol: in particular, the latter has a powerful preventive action on cellular aging. The sesame seeds then have an action similar to phytoestrogens, that is, they regulate the levels of estrogen in the blood: for this reason they are useful in preventing breast cancer and decreasing the level of LDL cholesterol.
Sesame seeds, allies of menopausal women
Due to the massive presence of calcium sesame seeds are recommended for menopausal women, as prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. There are two varieties of sesame seeds, white and black. The latter has a higher content of anthocyanins, antioxidant substances that give the typical dark color. With black sesame tea is also prepared: in China it has always been used as a cure for rheumatism, purification of excretory organs and as a retarder on the appearance of white hair.
Sesame seeds: try them in all versions
As we have said, there are white sesame seeds (excellent as a snack or to add to salads) and black, which should be roasted in a pan before use. Among the derivatives, try the tahin sauce, the gomasio and the oil.
The sauce obtained from crushed seeds and sesame oil is widely used throughout the Middle Eastern basin. It usually accompanies felafel, meat or fried meatballs. It is also used to prepare cakes and pies.
It is the wholemeal salt ground with sesame seeds: a tasty condiment that should not be missed in the kitchen. Also on sale is the one with chopped dried algae: even tastier!
Sesame oil is obtained by cold pressing of the seeds. Rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, it lowers cholesterol and regulates blood pressure. It is used for seasoning but also for frying. Applied as a compress on the hair before washing, it nourishes them and restructures them.
Recipe: cold salad of tofu, cucumber and sesame
Once a week, have lunch with this salad of cucumbers and tofu “breaded” with sesame seeds: stock up on phytoestrogens that mitigate menopausal disorders and strengthen bones.
Ingredients for a portion
A pound of tofu, a cucumber, a few leaves of green salad, sesame oil to taste, soy sauce to taste, a tablespoon of mixed black and white sesame seeds, apple vinegar to taste, a sprig of parsley, 2 basil leaves, salt and pepper to taste
Cut the tofu into cubes and sauté in a pan with sesame oil, a sprinkle of apple cider vinegar and soy sauce; season with salt and pepper, add the crushed sesame seeds, cook for a few minutes and add the chopped parsley and basil. When the tofu is warmed, serve it with sliced cucumbers and salad.