Sesame Seeds May Help Blood Sugar

When you think of sesame seeds, you might think of hamburger buns or everything bagels. But, a new study shows you really might want to expand the way you feel about them. While eating sesame seeds and sesame products doesn’t influence insulin resistance, it can positively impact blood sugar levels.

Scientists looked at research from eight clinical trials that examined how sesame seed oil, tahini and sesamin impacted people. They found that consuming these sesame seed products had a significant positive impact on fasting glucose levels. However, it made no difference to fasting insulin levels. They concluded that eating sesame seeds daily could help lower blood sugar.

Adding a tablespoon of sesame seeds to a salad can be a great way to enjoy them. They can be eaten raw or toasted. Toasting them makes them taste nuttier. They’re excellent when added to yogurt or a smoothie for their nutty taste when they have been toasted! In addition to lowering blood sugar, they can help lower blood pressure.

Eating very large amounts of sesame seeds can drop blood sugar and blood pressure levels dangerously low. However, you would have to eat an awful lot to do that. It is safe to eat them every day. They are a good source of fat, protein, vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. They contain a lot of fiber for something so small! Three tablespoons of seeds have 3.5 grams of fiber. That is 12 percent of your daily fiber right there! The same amount of seeds has five grams of protein. Cooking them is best when you want to absorb the protein as it makes the seeds easier to digest.

In addition to aiding blood sugar and pressure, they can assist the formation of blood cells. They contain high levels of copper, iron and vitamin B6 needed for blood cells to form and function. And they contain antioxidants, and vitamin E needed to fight stress in your body and protect against heart disease and chronic diseases.

Sesame flour is low-carb. It has a light consistency that is similar to all-purpose flour. It gives you the same texture. But, one thing to keep in mind: you will end up with a strong sesame flavor end product. It might be a flour best used for bread. It’s also relatively high in fat, so be sure to read over the nutrition label, so you know what you’re working with! However, baking with it might be the perfect way to fit more sesame seeds into your day!  

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