Siding with sesame oil- The New Indian Express

2021-12-25 02:32:40 By : Ms. Sales Vigorhood

The anti-oxidants lend even more health benefits, much like the rest of its nutrients, as elaborated by Meenakshi.

Published: 01st December 2021 06:52 AM   |   Last Updated: 01st December 2021 06:52 AM   |   A+ A  A-

CHENNAI: Its size does not inhibit sesame seeds from producing big flavours. Add to this the versatility and nutrient-dense factor; there is no doubt why this oil finds its way into several South Indian kitchens. Sesame or gingelly oil is a rich source of healthy fat, vitamins, minerals and micronutrients, and also contains bioactive components that make it a functional food — with health benefits beyond its nutritional value. “Sesame oil plays a role in the nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry (for soap making) and is even used to create biodiesel,” says Meenakshi Bajaj, dietitian, Tamil Nadu Government Multi Super Specialty Hospital. 

But all that is good comes with balance. This oil is a rich source of PUFA or polyunsaturated fatty acid, and monosaturated fatty acids or MUFA-rich counterpart to maintain the ideal 0.8: 1: 1.2 ratio (SFA: PUFA: MUFA). Ideally, you would add refined groundnut oil or soybean oil to your diet. Sesame oil also has particular uses — sauteing, pickling, or basting — due to its low smoking point. 

What it lacks in its ability to create fried food, it makes up with its shelf life. While trace amounts of iron in the oil can contribute towards oxidisation, the presence of antioxidants and vitamin E may help making the oil less likely to be rancid. Anti-oxidants are usually added to achieve this.

The anti-oxidants lend even more health benefits, much like the rest of its nutrients, as elaborated by Meenakshi.

Help with chronic degenerative diseases

They help prevent degenerative diseases, such as certain types of cancer, cardiovascular diseases and arthritis. 

Sesame oil is a source of phytosterols — more prevalent in brown sesame than in white — that contain anti-bacterial properties. The same also helps the body reduce cholesterol and is anti-inflammatory. 

With a significant amount of PUFA, this oil helps reduce LDL cholesterol and may contribute to the increase in HDL or good cholesterol.

It is rich in vitamin B- thiamine, manganese, magnesium, and selenium. 

Sesame seeds contain a small amount of calcium and phosphorus that carries on to the oil. These nutrients help the body strengthen bones and much more. 

Checking up on blood glucose 

Flavonoids present in gingelly oil have mild hypoglycemic activities and may help improve blood sugar levels.

Two unique classes of lignans — sesamin and sesamolin — in the oil helps inhibit cholesterol production in the body.

Alpha-tocopherol in the oil reduces cardiovascular risks, reduces bad cholesterol and can help with the prevention of (certain) tumor formations.

May causing wheezing, coughing, and difficulty in breathing in those allergic to sesame.

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