Sesame Seeds

Sesame Seeds
Sesame Seeds

These tiny gems are absolutely packed with nutrients! Sesame seeds contain the plant compound sesamin, which has been shown to lower cholesterol, prevent high blood pressure, and protect the body from liver damage. Just 1/4 cup of sesame seeds also contains 35% of the daily-recommended amount of calcium and 73.5% of the daily-recommended amount of copper, a mineral that has anti-inflammatory properties and may protect against arthritis. Sprinkle that on your bun! Extract sesame seeds as is.

Selection Process

Sesame seeds are widely available and usually found in the spice section of most grocery stores. You may buy them un-hulled (outer layer in tact) or hulled (outer layer removed), but be aware that hulled seeds contain 60% less calcium than un-hulled seeds. Some stores may carry sesame in bulk. If you buy in bulk, remember to check for moisture and smell for rancidity. Un-hulled sesame seeds can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place, while the hulled variety should be refrigerated or frozen.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 tbsp (9.0 g)

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 51.6

% Daily Value*

Total fat 4.5g 6.9%

Saturated Fat 0.6g 3.1%

Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%

Sodium 1.0mg 0.0%

Total Carbs 2.1g 0.7%

Dietary Fiber 1.1g 4.2%

Sugars 0.0g

Alcohol 0.0g

Protein 1.6g

Vitamin A 0.0% Vitamin C 0.0%
Calcium 8.8% Iron 7.3%
Vitamin D 0.0% Vitamin E 0.1%
Vitamin K 0.0% Thiamin 4.7%
Riboflavin 1.3% Niacin 2.0%
Vitamin B-6 3.6% Folate 2.2%
Vitamin B-12 0.0% Panto. acid 0.0%
Phosphorus 5.7% Magnesium 7.9%
Zinc 4.7% Selenium 4.4%
Copper 18.4% Manganese 11.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.