More than just a decoration on the sesame chicken you just ordered or hamburger bun, sesame seeds are incredibly rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc.
Since they’re so small, sesame seeds aren’t great for snacking, but hummus is—and one of the main ingredients in that tasty spread is tahini, a paste made from ground sesame seeds.
The mineral content of the hulled sesame seed compared to the unhulled sesame seed differs significantly, specifically when you compare iron and calcium. A 1 tbsp. serving of hulled sesame seeds contains 5 mg of calcium and 0.51 mg of iron. While the same size serving of unhulled sesame seeds contains 88 mg of calcium and 1.31 mg of iron.
Okay, you get it, they’re healthy! But there’s more, because sesame seeds are also delicious. If you think that a bakery roll is the only way to serve sesame, you are missing out. Toasted or raw seeds (whole or hulled) can be added to steamed broccoli (a veggie rich in calcium), stir-fried green beans, put on top of salads and in dressings, sprinkled on baked goods, and mashed and ground into condiments and spreads. Try using sesame seeds in place of acidifying breadcrumbs.
Ingredients: Organic Sesame Seeds (Whole)