Sesame seeds are delicious in my opinion. I have taken to them with renewed gusto recently and have literally been opening the sesame seed jar and sprinkling them liberally into many different meals. I should warn you at the outset, they are approximately 60 % fat. But this is the thing that I have been attracted to. I kid you not. This is because one of my little boys has been lingering at the very bottom of the growth charts under the third percentile. He started on the 75th. He eats a lot too, but doesn’t put on weight and has been growing very slowly. As you might imagine, I am concerned that he eats enough. I am always trying to sneak extras into his diet; particulary good fats, extra nutrients and protein (and occassionally a chocolate biscuit). I am always looking for things I can slip into his meals, other than butter or olive oil, to give him something extra than the rest of us.
Sesame seeds are packed with good fats, magnesium and calsium. I have been sprinkling them into his cereal, sandwhiches, onto pizzas (Master Five came up with this idea) and even on top of his porridge and bolognese sauce. I have always enjoyed them myself in asian-style dressings, particularly with avocado. You can put them ontop of pastry products like pies or sausage rolls, into stirfries and baking like flap jacks. There are so many ways you can use them. Sesame seeds are also a very good source of copper, magnesium and calcium. Studies have supported magnesium’s usefulness in:
- Preventing the airway spasm in asthma
- Lowering high blood pressure, a contributing factor in heart attack, stroke, and diabetic heart disease
- Preventing the trigeminal blood vessel spasm that triggers migraine attacks
- Restoring normal sleep patterns in women who are experiencing unpleasant symptoms associated with menopause.