Winter’s here and so is one of its specialties: sesame seeds. Or til, as they are called in Urdu. These super versatile food items that are used as garnish, incorporated into sweet items like gajak and laddoos or used as oil or added to curries in the form of pastes as well. They add a distinct crunch and taste to the food and definitely make a dish look more attractive.
Sesame seeds are a must-have in cold weather as they keep your body warm for long periods of time. They are also rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants, which keeps hair and skin healthy and moisturised during winters. As compiled from Pinkvilla, here are five more reasons as to why you should incorporate sesame seeds into your diet now!
Keeps stress at bay
Sesame oil contains tyrosine, which affects serotonin activity. Serotonin is responsible for keeping us in a good mood. The seeds therefore help in serotonin production which helps keep stress away.
Keep you energised
Sesame seeds are rich in fibre, iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Since they have a high fat content, they are a good source of energy. The fat content is healthy as it is mainly polyunsaturated fatty acids and Omega-6 fatty acids.
Keep bones strong
Sesame seeds can reduce the chance of osteoporosis as they are rich in calcium and zinc which are crucial for bone health.
Keep blood pressure in check
The magnesium content in sesame seeds prevents hypertension. Our blood pressure levels are also kept in check by polyunsaturated fats.
Keeps your skin glowing
Sesame seeds have anti-inflammatory properties which can heal redness, sores and other skin issues. Sesame seed oil can also hydrate the skin from within. Its application on chapped and flaky skin can cure the affected area in no time.
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