I have covered sesame seed oil previously on Natural Oils for Hair and Health. It’s an excellent oil for greying hair as well as protecting the hair from the sun’s UV rays.
You can read the previous article about sesame seed oil at How to Control Greying Hair with Sesame Seed Oil.
Sesame was cultivated thousands of years ago as a crop able to withstand drought and was able to grow where other crops failed.
Sesame seeds were one of the first seeds processed into an oil as well as used as a condiment.
Sesame oil is derived from sesame seeds and has a strong but not unpleasant nutty flavour.
Sesame oil can vary in colour from light to deep reddish-yellow depending on the colour of the seeds used in the process and milling method.
Sesame seed oil is a popular ingredient in Asian cooking. In Ayurveda, it’s used as a massage oil to rid the body of heat.
What Are the Benefits of Sesame Seed Oil?
1. Contains Loads of Vitamin K
Sesame seed oil has a significant amount of vitamin K, a mineral very important for bone health.
Low levels of vitamin K in the body manifests as osteoporosis and increased risk of arthritis.
Low vitamin K levels can also lead to weak hair at the minimum and significant hair loss if not addressed.
2. Important for Bone Health
It also contains copper, zinc and calcium; additional minerals important for bone health and maintenance in the body.
3. Supports Cardiovascular Health
Sesame seed oil contains sesamol and sesamin, fatty acids that support cardiovascular health and lowers cholesterol levels.
4. Great for High Protein Diets
5. Contains Powerful Antioxidants
The sesamol contained in the oil is a very powerful antioxidant that protects the cells from damage that could lead to more serious diseases.
How to Use Sesame Seed Oil in Cooking
- Sesame seeds can be used as a topping in a lot of dishes. I love it on my salads and sometimes on salmon.
- In recent times, I’ve started including sesame oil in cooking sautéed spinach and pan-fried salmon. I plan to try it in cauliflower fried rice for the first time tonight and will write about it in a few days.
- Sesame seed oil can be used in marinades for fish, poultry and meat along with olive oil or coconut oil.
- Sesame seed oil can be used as an ingredient in preparing salad dressings. This is mostly used in Asian cooking.
Different Types of Sesame Seed Oil
There are 2 variations of sesame oil – light sesame oil. Light sesame oil has a high smoking point and is safe for deep frying.
The second variation is dark sesame oil. Dark sesame oil is produced from roasted sesame seeds. It has a lower smoking point and is unsuitable for deep frying.
Dark sesame oil works best for sauteing, stir-frying, garnishing dishes and mixed in with a salad dressing.
Sesame Seed Oil Recipes
If you’re wondering what kind of dishes you can make with sesame oil, here are some simple and ones from around the net:-
Best Sesame Oil for Cooking
Below are some of my favourite brands of sesame oil for cooking. I’ve recommended light sesame oil and dark sesame oil:-Caution: If you’re allergic to seeds and nuts, avoid sesame seed oil. There are some alternative cooking oils HERE.
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