More Sesame Seeds, Please

Heart Health

Sesame seeds aren’t just for decoration on hamburger buns. They are jam-packed with nutritional value as well.

Sesame seeds are rich in arginine, an amino acid that helps improve blood flow through the arteries. They also have the highest phytosterol levels of any commonly eaten seed or nut. (Phytosterols are natural compounds that help clear out “bad” cholesterol.)

As a consequence, sesame seeds may help reduce the odds of a blood clot, heart attack, or stroke. According to some research, the seeds may even help boost men’s sexual performance!

Americans spend billions on prescription drugs and supplements to try to achieve the results that could be obtained simply by eating more sesame seeds along with other components of a healthy diet. Getting more sesame seeds in your diet is easy, inexpensive, and doesn’t require replacing any of the foods you love.

In fact, sesame seeds can enhance many of your favorite foods:

  • Make it a point to avoid white bread products such as buns and bagels (which have virtually no nutritional value) unless they are sesameseeded
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds on salads instead of croutons
  • Add them to pizza or pasta dishes
  • Enjoy them with steamed rice or vegetables
  • Top cookies with the nutty-tasting goodness of sesame seeds

Sesame seeds go well with just about anything and can help turn an otherwise nutritionally deficient meal or snack into one that is truly heartening.