I love to make my own nut and seed milks, so when I learned about the numerous and
significant health and nutritional benefits of sesame seeds, I decided to make my own
sesame seed milk at home.
Why sesame seed milk?
Well, let’s take a quick look at some of the benefits…
For a are rich in calories (565 kcal), providing
an excellent source of essential nutrients as part of the Daily Value (DV).
While containing high amounts of protein, dietary fiber, and total fat (mainly as
linoleic acid and oleic acid), sesame seeds are also particularly rich (> 20% DV)
in B vitamins and the dietary minerals manganese, magnesium, calcium, iron, and
Protein makes up 20 percent of the seed with 4.7 grams of protein per ounce.
Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds
Due to the fact that they are rich in beneficial minerals, sesame seeds provide significant health benefits.
Not only are sesame seeds an excellent source of copper and a very good source of manganese,
but they are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc,
molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber.
In addition to these important nutrients, sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin
Both of these substances belong to a group of special beneficial fibers called lignans, and have
been shown to have a cholesterol-lowering effect in humans, and to prevent high blood pressure
and increase vitamin E supplies in animals.
Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage.
The rich assortment of minerals in sesame seeds translates into the following health benefits:
*Helps prevents cancer with it’s anti-cancer compounds i.e. phytic acid, magnesium, phytosterols
*Copper provides relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis
*Magnesium supports vascular and respiratory health
*Calcium helps prevent colon cancer, osteoporosis, migraine and PMS
*Zinc supports bone health and density
*Sesame seeds’ phytosterols lower cholesterol
*Supports healthy skin and hair
*Protects from radiation damage to DNA
*Helps prevent diabetes, and more…
Think about these benefits as you drink a rich, creamy glass of homemade
sesame seed milk.
DIY Organic Sesame Seed Milk
1 cup organic sesame seeds, soaked for 6 hours
1/4 teaspoon organic alcohol free vanilla extract
6 organic dates, pitted and soaked with 4 cups filtered water (3 hours)
Soaking seeds and nuts in filtered water releases and enzyme inhibitors and makes them
easier to digest.
Sesame seeds should be soaked for at least six hours before using them.
Strain, then rinse,the soaked sesame seeds.
Add all of the ingredients to your blender. I used a Vitamix blender.
Blend all ingredients until smooth.
Strain your nut milk mixture through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth for a smoother milk, if you prefer.
(I like to use the unstrained nut milk as a base for smoothies and salad dressings.)
Drink up and enjoy.
Please note: Although high in nutrients, sesame seeds and sesame oil are a serious allergen
to some people, including infants.
Individuals who have food allergies and/or are allergic to different types of nuts such as
peanuts, walnuts, etc. should avoid sesame seeds consumption as it can lead to an allergic
reaction, thereby resulting in other medical complications.
Hence, such individuals should always check the labels to verify the presence of sesame seeds
in food items.
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