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Discover the Forgotten Superfood Celebrities Are Obsessed With – And It's Not What You Think!

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

Discover the Forgotten Superfood Celebrities Are Obsessed With – And It's Not What You Think!

In the glitterati world, where every celebrity is on a perpetual quest for the next best thing in health and beauty, whispers of a rediscovered superfood have been making the rounds. This isn't your typical blueberry or kale advice. No, this one harks back to ancient times and has been hidden in plain sight for decades! Ready to get in on the A-list secret?


Shrimp ramen with black sesame seeds sprinkled on top adds a healthy boost to your meal.
Black sesame seeds sprinkled on a grilled shrimp dish.

The Superfood: Black Sesame Seeds

That's right! These tiny, jet-black seeds are not just for garnishing your burger buns. They are the latest star in the constellation of superfoods, and here's why:


An unlikely superfood.
Black sesame seeds.

1. A Haircare Miracle:

Black sesame seeds are packed with essential fatty acids that nourish the scalp. Regular consumption could lead to shinier, healthier locks, making bad hair days a thing of the past.

2. Bone Health Booster:

These seeds are an excellent source of calcium and zinc, promoting strong bones and warding off osteoporosis.

3. Natural Anti-Aging:

Black sesame seeds have antioxidant properties that fight free radicals in the body, potentially delaying the signs of aging.

4. Heart Health Hero:

Rich in magnesium, these seeds support cardiovascular health by regulating blood pressure and lowering the risk of heart disease.


Incorporating Black Sesame Seeds into Your Diet:

A. Traditional Sesame Drink: Blend soaked black sesame seeds with honey and warm water for a comforting drink. Here is a recipe for the Black Sesame Seed Martini:

Black Sesame Seed Martini

This elegant and sophisticated cocktail blends classic martini flavors and black sesame's nutty, unique taste. It's perfect for those looking for a twist on traditional cocktails.

Ingredients:

2 oz vodka or gin (depending on your preference)

1 oz black sesame syrup (recipe below)

0.5 oz dry vermouth

Ice cubes

Lemon twist, for garnish

A pinch of ground black sesame seeds, for garnish

Black Sesame Syrup:

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

2 tbsp black sesame seeds

Instructions for the Black Sesame Syrup:

  1. In a small pan, toast the black sesame seeds over medium heat until they become fragrant, being careful not to burn them.

  2. In a saucepan, combine sugar and water. Heat over medium heat until the sugar has completely dissolved.

  3. Add the toasted black sesame seeds to the sugar water and simmer for about 5 minutes.

  4. Remove from heat and let it steep for an hour.

  5. Strain the syrup into a jar, removing the sesame seeds. Store in the refrigerator.

Instructions for the Cocktail:

  1. Combine the vodka or gin, black sesame syrup, and dry vermouth in a mixing glass of ice.

  2. Stir well until the mixture is chilled.

  3. Strain the cocktail into a chilled martini glass.

  4. Garnish with a lemon twist and a pinch of ground black sesame seeds sprinkled on top.

B. Sprinkle on Everything: Black sesame seeds, whether over salads, cereals, or yogurt, add a delightful crunch and aesthetic appeal. Blend black sesame seeds with olive oil for a darker, richer spread perfect for dressings and dips.

C. Black Tahini: Move over, regular tahini! Black tahini is a paste made out of ground black sesame seeds for a more earthy, deeper flavor.

D. In Baked Goods: Incorporate them into bread, muffins, or cookies for a health boost.


Conclusion:

In the ever-evolving realm of superfoods, black sesame seeds are the dark horse (quite literally!). And while they might be enjoying the limelight now, thanks to their celebrity endorsements, they've been a staple in traditional diets for centuries.

So, the next time you spot those little black seeds, know that they're more than just a pretty face on your plate – they're a powerhouse of nutrients waiting to be unleashed. Dive into the black sesame trend and bask in its benefits. After all, if it's good enough for the stars.


Disclaimer: While the benefits of black sesame seeds are backed by traditional usage and some scientific research, individual experiences may vary. Always consult with a healthcare professional before making significant changes to your diet. I'm a scientist, not a medical doctor or your doctor, so check with your physician before altering your diet.


REFERENCES:

[1] Yang Y, Wang J, Zhang Y, Li J, Sun W. Black Sesame Seeds Ethanol Extract Ameliorates Hepatic Lipid Accumulation, Oxidative Stress, and Insulin Resistance in Fructose-Induced Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. J Agric Food Chem. 2018 Oct 10;66(40):10458-10469. doi: 10.1021/acs.jafc.8b04210. Epub 2018 Oct 2. PMID: 30244573.

[2] Alasalvar C, Chang SK, Bolling B, Oh WY, Shahidi F. Specialty seeds: Nutrients, bioactives, bioavailability, and health benefits: A comprehensive review. Compr Rev Food Sci Food Saf. 2021 May;20(3):2382-2427. doi: 10.1111/1541-4337.12730. Epub 2021 Mar 14. PMID: 33719194.

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