Jam-packed with iron and zinc, sesame seeds are tiny but mighty

 09 Apr 2016 - 14:51

Jam-packed with iron and zinc, sesame seeds are tiny but mighty
Black sesame seeds: they are also sold in white and brown versions. (file photo/David Ebener / dpa)


Sesame seeds and sesame seed oil are becoming popular staples. These seeds are also chock-full of nutrients. And delicious too.

Bonn, Germany: Sesame seeds pack a lot of punch for their size. These tiny seeds are jam-packed with several important nutrients and "good fats," making them a great addition to every diet.

Nutrient-dense, the seeds contain zinc, which strengthens the immune system, and copper, which plays a role in blood formation.

Sesame seeds are also loaded with iron, which is especially important for women and vegetarians who are often anaemic. Iron is utilized in many ways, but is critically important for carrying oxygen through the body.

Sesame seeds, like nuts, are high in fat, roughly 50 to 60 per cent, but this should not be a deterrent. Sesame seeds contain unsaturated fatty acids, which according to experts, are important for heart and blood-vessel health.  

Adding them to salads or into pastries is a great way to take advantage of these nutrient-rich seeds, but refrain from buying them in bulk. Sesame seeds have a short shelf life and should not be stored for long periods of time.