What is a sesame seed?
Sesame seeds are one of the oldest ingredients for food condiments and have also been historically used in the production of oil. Sesame seeds grow in tropical and sub-tropical areas, in dry and rainy seasons. The largest producers of sesame in Asia are in China and India. As for Africa, they are in Sudan followed by Nigeria while in Central America; they are in Mexico and Guatemala.
The sesame seed contains Vitamins, sesamin, sesaminol and sesamolinol: all being lignans that have remarkable ANTIOXIDENT functions and are only found in sesame seeds. The seed is also rich in linoleic acid, Vitamin E, proteins, as well as calcium. It is worth mentioning that sesame seeds have a positive amino acid structure with a high level of menthionine and a low level of lysine which makes it an excellent protein complement to other plant proteins.
Protein: not less than 20 %
Seasame oil: not less than 50 % (cholesterol free)
Natural fibers: not less than 5 %
Uses of sesame seeds:
Are used mainly in bread, bread sticks, cookies, health snacks (such as sesame bars), in prepared breakfasts (as an additive to cereal mixes) or on breakfast crackers.