Open Sesame!

Our parents and grandparents lived in harmony with Nature. They consumed what was seasonal. Well they had no other option but  they were unlike us. They lived healthy lives. Interestingly, they had lot of seeds, varieties of it in their diet. Which brings me to the focus of this post.

My friend KS (he is from Chattisgarh) come winter  that’s post-Navratri makes it a point to include sesame seeds in his daily diet. For sesame seeds keep the body warm and provide high energy needed to fight colds. Early morning before he leaves for his customary walks he takes a tea spoonful of roasted black sesame seeds along with jiggery. He has been doing it for the past two decades and has staved off cold. 

Why sesame seeds?

Sesame seeds offer a wealth of nutrients, particularly B vitamins and minerals. The seeds provide at least 10 percent DV of vitamins B1 and B6, copper, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. They also contribute at least 5 percent DV of vitamins B2 and B3, folate and potassium. Of these vitamins and minerals, sesame seeds are especially high in copper and manganese. B vitamins help your body efficiently turn food into energy, according the Linus Pauling Institute. Copper strengthens bones and blood vessels, and works to maintain healthy thyroid function. Manganese helps your body regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels, maintain your thyroid function and absorb other nutrients.

Did you know that black sesame are highest in cysteine, an amino acid responsible for breaking down environmental toxins in your body, which helps your system fight off colds and bronchial illness.

Interestingly, black sesame is also offered in the holy fire of the yagnas.

Weren’t our ancestors smarter? 

The world at large is becoming more dumb while our gadgets get smarter. Time we brought back traditional wisdom in regard to food and well being to our lives rather than pop B vitamin supplements every night.  



2 thoughts on “Open Sesame!

  1. Kamal

    We in India have a wealth of oil seeds. Was laughing when I heard the ad on radio for frying kachoris in Borges olive oil!!! Without using our brains we will all soon give it pride of place in our kitchen and our traditional mustard and other oils will be put on the back burner.

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