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28-10-2013 15:37:31
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Last modified on 08 November 201312:02

Sesame oil has long been acknowledged, in India and abroad, as a significant contributor to a balanced, healthy diet. It is rich in antioxidants, certain minerals and also fat.
Here's an overview of the nutritional profile of this popular cooking medium:
"Sesame oil, like other cooking oils, is high in caloric content. One tablespoon of it contains as much as 120 calories."
But the good news is, the fat that it contains is mostly good. The same one tablespoon contains 8 grams of monounsaturated fat and 2 grams of polyunsaturated fat, both of which fall under the 'good' cholesterol category. In other words, they send up the HDL count of the user and bring down the LDL reading.
Saturated fat, the 'villain' in the diet, is only minimally present. One tablespoon of sesame oil has just 2 grams of it. So it won't significantly send up the LDL count, thought to be responsible for heart attacks. Nor will it impact the HDL values to any great extent.
As a matter of fact, sesame oil is also a source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are beneficial to the heart. Research has shown that omega fatty acids are not produced by the human body, but are good for the heart, brain and bones.
It also contains powerful antioxidants such as Phytate, which can correct cell damage caused by aging, lifestyle problems and exposure to toxins. These antioxidants increase immunity and energy levels, and are highly recommended, not only for children and young adults, but also for the aged and infirm.
While whole sesame seeds are rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium and foliate, the oil also contains significant amounts of the same. It is also a source of vitamin E and K. All these have various disease-prevention, curative and palliative properties, which are highly valued in both traditional and modern medicine.

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