Sesame oil

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Sesame Oil

Sesame oil is an edible vegetable oil manufactured from raw, pressed sesame seeds and comes with culinary, medicinal, and cosmetic applications. This is one of the major crop-based edible oils available today. It is used to saute meats and vegetables and can even be added in salad dressings and as marinades.

 

This oil is popular in Asian cooking and are used in different ways in Chinese, Japanese, South Indian, and Middle Eastern cuisines. There are a few varieties of sesame oil available manufactured from plain seeds or toasted seeds. The lighter version is used as a neutral cooking oil and the one made from toasted seeds is use to add flavor to sauces, soups, and other cuisines.

 

Sesame oil made from raw seeds are light in color and comes with a mild, neutral flavor. The oil that is derived from toasted seeds are darker in color and have a nuttier taste.

 

Sesame oil is high in antioxidants that can help reduce cell damage caused by free radicals. This oil comes with strong anti- inflammatory properties and is also good for heart health. It is rich in omega-6 fatty acids – a type of polyunsaturarted fat that pays a pivotal role in heart disease prevention. This oil contains more unsaturated fatty acids as compared to other vegetable edible oils. It can be used as a significant source of essential fatty acids in diet.

 

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Sesame oil specifications

The oil contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, both of which are polyunsaturated fats that can help improve immune function and also prevent several diseases, including heart disease and cancer.

Vitamin K is the only essential nutrient having significant presence in sesame oil. It contains monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat in approximately equal amounts, together adding up to 80 percent of the total fat content. The remaining content of sesame oil is primarily palmitic acid, which is a saturated fat. Sesame oil is composed of the following fatty acids:

  • Linoleic acid: 41%
  • Oleic acid: 39%
  • Palmitic acid: 8%
  • Stearic acid: 5%
  • Others: In small amounts

Sesame Oil Nutrition

A one-tablespoon serving of sesame oil contains the following nutrients:

  • Calories: 119 kcal
  • Carbohydrate: 0 g
  • Fat: 13.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.9 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 5.4 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.6 g
  • Omega-3: 40.5 mg
  • Omega-6: 5576 mg
  • Protein: 0 g

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