Shelf life of sesame seeds

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Sesame, like any seed saturated with fat, cannot be stored for a long time in its peeled form; the oil contained in it goes rancid.

If sesame is stored out of the cold in a dark, dry place. then its shelf life will be up to three months.

If sesame is placed in a container in the refrigerator, its shelf life increases - six months.

There is another option for storing sesame seeds - in the freezer; it perfectly retains its properties and does not lose its taste when frozen.

Sesame seeds can be stored in the freezer for one year.

Do you use expired food for cooking at home?

Yes, the main thing is to process it if it is meat or expired kefir for pancakes.


No, it is very dangerous and not useful.


If the products have fungus or mold, then we throw them away; if they are a couple of days past their expiration date, we use them for food, even without heat or other treatment.


Voted: 1952

All this if the sesame is peeled.

If it is stored in an unrefined form, then such shelf life increases significantly.

Sesame seeds can be stored in the freezer for one year.

Benefits of sesame seeds

Sesame seeds bring significant benefits to the body. Possible harm depends on the individual characteristics of the person and occurs in rare cases.

They have a pronounced anti-inflammatory effect and are able to inhibit cancer cells. The beneficial effect is expressed in the following:

  • Sesame is involved in replenishing calcium, which is necessary for the proper formation of bone tissue. Fluoride and zinc contribute to its better absorption, so regular consumption of sesame seeds is an excellent prevention of osteoporosis.
  • Sesamin normalizes lipid metabolism and promotes weight loss. In combination with fatty acids, it reduces cholesterol levels and prevents the occurrence of atherosclerosis.
  • Vitamins A and E slow down the aging process and help maintain youth and beauty. They have antioxidant properties and protect the body from the negative effects of free radicals.
  • Fiber and vitamin PP promote better digestion of food and cleanse the intestines of harmful substances.
  • Thiamine is necessary for the normal functioning of the heart and blood vessels, supports the health of the nervous system, speeds up metabolism and improves the absorption of nutrients.
  • Phytosterol strengthens the immune system. As a result, a person almost completely stops getting colds.
  • Bodybuilders eat sesame seeds to quickly gain muscle mass, because protein makes up about 20% of the total mass of the seed. It is also eaten by vegetarians, making up for the lack of animal proteins.
  • Vitamin B2 accelerates growth, so sesame seeds are recommended to be given to children in small quantities.
  • The benefits of sesame for women include a beneficial effect on the reproductive system and the health of the mammary glands. Lotions will help get rid of mastopathy. Consuming the seeds daily during menopause will help relieve symptoms.
  • Flosterin prevents the gain of extra pounds and the appearance of age-related disorders.
  • The antibacterial effect of the seeds has a beneficial effect on the condition of the oral cavity.
  • They improve liver function, in particular, help alleviate hangover syndrome.

However, fried sesame, which is used in cooking, does not have beneficial properties. All valuable components are destroyed during heat treatment (95%).

Black sesame seeds are less common in Russia, but they also have beneficial properties. They are used to treat skin diseases, osteoporosis, arthritis, improve the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract and prevent cancer. In addition, the concentration of calcium in them is even higher than in white ones.

How to use

Medicinal sesame seeds are widely used in cooking, cosmetology and medicine.

Sesame has a pleasant nutty aroma and rich taste. Therefore, its seeds are added to salads and used to decorate baked goods. With their help, you can give your usual sauce an unusual taste. Or mix with breadcrumbs. Only the seeds need to be crushed first. And to get a brighter taste, it is recommended to fry them.

The following recipes are used to treat certain diseases:

  • A mixture of 2 teaspoons of crushed sesame seeds and 1 tbsp will relieve constipation. spoon of honey. It should be washed down with a glass of water. This drink should be consumed until all symptoms pass.
  • For neuralgia, you need to eat 1 spoon of sesame seeds with honey.
  • To treat inflammation of the mammary gland, make a compress from ground sesame seeds and vegetable oil.
  • The following decoction will help with hemorrhoids - 2 tbsp. Place spoons of seeds and 500 ml of water and boil for 5 minutes. Then you need to cool it and drink a little during the day.

How sesame grows

Sesame, or sesame in Latin, is an oil plant up to 3 meters high, whose life cycle is 1 year. It begins to bloom in June, and after 2 months the fruits ripen. Flowering duration is only 1 day. After wilting, special boxes are formed in which the seeds are located.

This heat-loving crop grows in the tropics and subtropics. India is considered the homeland, then sesame began to be cultivated in North Africa and Pakistan. Over time, it became widespread in Asia and the Caucasus.

In our country, sesame can only be grown in southern latitudes. The plant is especially picky about soil - only loamy soil is suitable for it. Amateur gardeners are trying to plant it in their own summer cottages, creating the necessary conditions. However, this venture is not always crowned with success.

Sesame has been known to people since ancient times. Initially, it was used in cooking, adding to various dishes. It gives them an unusual taste. After the research , why sesame seeds are useful from a medical point of view and to solve what problems they should be used.

  • A mixture of 2 teaspoons of crushed sesame seeds and 1 tbsp will relieve constipation. spoon of honey. It should be washed down with a glass of water. This drink should be consumed until all symptoms pass.
  • For neuralgia, you need to eat 1 spoon of sesame seeds with honey.
  • To treat inflammation of the mammary gland, make a compress from ground sesame seeds and vegetable oil.
  • The following decoction will help with hemorrhoids - 2 tbsp. Place spoons of seeds and 500 ml of water and boil for 5 minutes. Then you need to cool it and drink a little during the day.

Black and brown sesame - taste, germination

The taste of unpeeled black and brown sesame is different from white, it is not as soft, but if we are talking about health, then, probably, this is no longer important.

There are people who like the taste of black sesame better than white, so you need to try and determine for yourself.

To make sure for yourself that the sesame you bought is definitely unpeeled, you can germinate its seeds. Only a whole, unprocessed seed can produce a living sprout.

Some people have already done this, and on some sites on the Internet you can find photographs confirming that black and brown sesame seeds germinate well. By the way, the sprouted seed becomes even more useful.

Sesame consumption in Arab countries

In Arab countries, sesame is consumed for breakfast, lunch and dinner; it is so common that it is difficult to imagine their diet without sesame.

Sesame is consumed mainly in the form of a sauce called tahina. Tahina is made from ground sesame seeds with the addition of water, lemon juice, olive oil and spices.

In Egypt, for example, bread, falafel, greens, shrimp, fish, chicken, vegetables, in general, everything that is served on the table, are dipped in tahina. I lived there for several years and I can say that not a single meal there is complete without tahini - it is always on the table.

Everyone prepares tahini a little differently, adding different amounts of water, olive oil, various spices or herbs, but the basis is always sesame paste, which is sold ready-made in jars, that is, they do not grind the sesame themselves.

I tried to make tahina in Russia from sesame seeds according to a recipe I spied in an Egyptian kitchen, but I couldn’t get the same taste as there.

Apparently because the oil is different, the lemons are different, and the sesame mass itself, when you make it yourself from seeds, is different from what they sell in jars.

However, it still makes a pretty tasty sesame sauce. It’s delicious to dip sweet peppers or tomatoes into, and you can also use it to dress salads instead of mayonnaise - it’s both healthier and tastier.

In addition to tahini, halva and kozinaki are made from sesame seeds in Arab countries, and they are also sprinkled on baked goods.

Myth about the benefits of sesame

It is believed that sesame is superior in calcium content to most foods, and therefore it is extremely useful for strengthening bones. But here you need to figure out what kind of sesame is meant.

Unpeeled sesame seeds are rich in calcium: 100 grams of such seeds contain more than 1000 mg of calcium.

For comparison, 100 grams of almonds contain 276 mg of calcium, dried apricots - 160 mg, kefir - 125 mg, oatmeal - 60 mg.

That is, in a standard glass of kefir or fermented baked milk there will be 250 mg of calcium. To get the same amount of calcium from white sesame, you need to eat 416 grams, which, of course, is absolutely unacceptable, since sesame is high in calories - 570 kcal per 100 grams. The same 250 mg of calcium can be obtained from 50 grams of ordinary Adyghe cheese.

Black and brown sesame are unhulled. They can be purchased at health food stores.

Thus, if your goal is to supplement your diet with calcium, you should consume unhulled black or brown sesame seeds.

How to use ground sesame seeds - porridges, baked goods, salads

I add ground sesame seeds when baking pancakes, especially vegetable ones, and I add it to ready-made oatmeal and similar porridges.

An original and healthy dressing is obtained by adding ground sesame seeds to a vegetable salad, which is usually served with butter or mayonnaise.

Although there is not enough calcium in white sesame, it undoubtedly has advantages and beneficial properties for our nutrition.

Calorie content of sesame

Basically, all plant seeds are very high in calories, the same goes for sesame, it contains a lot of fat. Most often, 100 grams of any seed contains about 50 percent fat. Sesame seeds are very high in calories and contain oils (about 50-55 percent).

The calorie content of sesame seeds is approximately 570-580 kcal in 100 grams of sesame seeds. These numbers are not exact, since each seed has its own content of different substances, depending on its size and shape.

Benefits of sesame for human health

The beneficial properties of sesame are used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Seed oil is used in many skin, hair and nail care products. It has a beneficial effect on the skin, providing a rejuvenating effect due to its high content of vitamin E and antioxidants, and is also used as an SPF filter in safe tanning products, protecting against the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation.

The benefits of sesame for women are manifested not only in improving appearance, maintaining youth and beauty. Its positive effect on the course of premenstrual syndrome is known to increase blood outflow. The presence of folic acid improves reproductive function, increasing the possibility of conception and alleviating the symptoms of toxicosis during pregnancy. B vitamins support the functioning of the nervous system and reduce stress levels.

For men, the benefits of sesame include its effect on the reproductive and musculoskeletal systems. The effect on the reproductive system is manifested by improved functioning of peripheral vessels, which increases erectile function and sperm viability. Sesame supplies bones and muscles with calcium and protein, which enhances growth and recovery processes, muscle mass gain and is especially valued by athletes. Another little-known feature is that sesame contains a lot of zinc, which is involved in the breakdown of ethanol, so it is recommended to include it in the diet of people who abuse alcohol.

Sesame seeds and oil help fight stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue and irritability, having an overall strengthening effect on the nervous system and emotional state. The list of diseases that can be corrected with sesame-based products includes:

  • hypertension;
  • atherosclerosis;
  • excess body weight;
  • pathological conditions associated with metabolism;
  • diseases of the liver and bile ducts;
  • osteoporosis;
  • decreased immune system function;
  • thyroid diseases;
  • cardiovascular diseases.

Raw sesame seeds are practically not digested by the digestive system and have a delicate laxative effect. This feature is used in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases.

Useful properties of sesame

Composition and presence of nutrients

Raw sesame seeds contain (per 100 g):

Calories 573 Kcal

  • Proteins
  • Fat
  • Carbohydrates
  • Water
  • Ash
Vitamin B425,6Calcium, Ca975
Vitamin B34,515Phosphorus, P629
Vitamin B10,791Potassium, K468
Vitamin B60,79Magnesium, Mg351
Vitamin E0,25Iron, Fe14,55

Full composition
Sesame seeds are classified as Pancake week products. They contain almost 60% of the volume of seed vegetable fats, including linoleic, oleic, palmitic, myristic, arachidic, stearic and lignoceric acids. These substances are essential for the human body and take part in all vital processes. Also, sesame seeds have a rich vitamin and mineral composition. It contains vitamins, , and group B; minerals - magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, iron, but most of all calcium. 100 g of sesame contains as much as 783 mg, which is the daily dose of an adult. In addition, the seeds contain organic acids: beta-sitosterol, phytin and lecithin.

Useful and healing properties

People following a raw food diet, vegetarianism or sesame seed diets should consume no more than 25-30 g per day or replace them with a tablespoon of sesame oil.

Nutritionists recommend consuming sesame and its oil to normalize lipid-fat metabolism, reduce cholesterol levels in the blood and resolve fatty plaques on the walls of blood vessels, which is the main cause of atherosclerosis, the formation of blood clots, and blockage of blood vessels. Sesame oil, when taken orally, affects the composition of the blood. Its clotting properties are enhanced, so the oil is taken for hemorrhagic diathesis.

Raw sesame seeds are also used for the treatment and prevention of diseases such as hypertension, pneumonia, diseases of the joints, liver, thyroid and pancreas.

If mastitis occurs in women during lactation, it is necessary to apply gauze soaked in sesame oil to the formed seals or grind raw seeds in a coffee grinder, and make a compress from the resulting pulp by mixing it with vegetable oil.

Sesame has a dual effect on the reproductive system. On the one hand, it promotes blood flow to the pelvis, reduces the risk of mastopathy and other neoplasms of the mammary glands, and on the other hand, together with flax and poppy seeds, it is a powerful aphrodisiac that increases sexual desire in both men and women.

The antioxidant properties of sesame are used to relieve coughs from colds, flu and asthma. To do this, heat sesame oil in a water bath to 36-38°C and rub it into the skin of the neck and chest. Then covered with polyethylene and woolen cloth.

Dangerous properties of sesame

Sesame should be taken with caution by pregnant women, because...
Excessive use can lead to miscarriage or the birth of a child with hypocalcemia. For people with gastrointestinal diseases accompanied by increased acidity, sesame should not be taken, because it irritates the mucous membrane of the internal epithelium quite strongly. And taking them on an empty stomach can cause thirst and nausea. This negative effect can be reduced by taking roasted seeds along with honey. Sesame is contraindicated for people with increased blood clotting and kidney disease.

It is not recommended to use sesame for urolithiasis, so as not to aggravate the situation due to the high calcium content in sesame.

Sesame oil should not be used with aspirin and oxalic acid, since when calcium combines with them, it forms deposits in the kidneys.

There are known cases of individual intolerance to sesame.

Chemical composition of sesame

Sesame seeds are a product unique in its content of nutrients; it is indispensable for vegetarianism and veganism, fasting and dieting. Most of the sesame seed consists of vegetable oils, in addition, it includes:

In addition to the standard set of nutrients and minerals, the seeds contain substances necessary for the body to fight disease and aging:

  • sesamin – reduces the amount of cholesterol and can have an anti-carcinogenic effect;
  • antioxidants – slow down the aging process;
  • phytosterol – improves immunity;
  • phytoestrogens are a plant analogue of female sex hormones, especially important for women over the age of 50.

The rich chemical composition is preserved only in raw seeds; during heat treatment, most of the organic compounds are destroyed, leaving only the pleasant taste of sesame to enjoy.

Sesame in cosmetology

In cosmetology, sesame oil and flour are used to enrich skin, hair and whole body care products. Sesame flour in face and décolleté masks nourishes the skin with vitamin E and antioxidants that have an anti-aging effect, helps smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, evens out skin color and gives a healthy glow. As a scrub, it frees the skin from dead particles, tightens and cleanses pores, removes acne and rashes.

Sesame oil effectively moisturizes and softens the skin, activating its protective functions and restoring the water-fat mantle. The ability of the oil to destroy fungi and bacteria is used in the fight against dandruff and fungal infections of the skin of the feet. In addition to the medicinal properties of sesame, there are also contraindications in cosmetology: individual intolerance to the active ingredients.

The benefits of sesame for weight loss

Taking sesame when losing weight helps you lose weight without negative health consequences. There are two explanations for this phenomenon.

Properties and composition of sesame

Sesame seeds contain a large amount of oil, which contains organic acids and glycerol esters. Also, sesame seeds contain a lot of polyunsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids and triglycerides. Sesame oil is considered one of the healthiest.

It contains zinc, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, a daily dose of calcium, vitamin E, vitamin B. The components of sesame seeds also include amino acids, proteins, vitamins A, C, E, minerals such as iron, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium . There is such a substance as lecithin, dietary fiber and phytin.

Phytin restores the mineral balance in the body.

Sesame contains the substance sesamin. Sesamin is a very strong antioxidant. This substance is useful for reducing cholesterol levels in the blood and preventing the development of various diseases, including cancer.

Cholesterol is reduced in the body by a substance found in sesame seeds called beta-sitosterol.

By consuming sesame regularly, you can strengthen your hair and improve the condition of your nails. Thanks to riboflavin, which is part of sesame, the functioning of the digestive system and blood composition are improved, and human growth is also stimulated.

It is very useful to consume sesame for women over 45 years of age. They especially need this product. It contains substances such as phytoestrogen. This substance can replace female sex hormones.

Since sesame contains flosterol, its regular use reduces the risk of developing
atherosclerosis, since thanks to sesame, all excess cholesterol is removed from the body.

The same beneficial property helps in the fight against extra pounds.

Sesame contains a lot of calcium, so it is very beneficial for joints and bones. It prevents the development of osteoporosis. With the help of sesame, you can strengthen your body and build muscle mass.

To consume sesame and really get some positive effect from it, you need to consume it warmed or soaked. When the seeds are roasted to add to a dish, they lose almost all of their beneficial properties. Once roasted, the seeds become just a flavorful seasoning.

To get the maximum benefit from sesame seeds, you need to subject them to minimal heat treatment. Sesame should be chewed very thoroughly.

Oil is made from sesame seeds. In medicine, this oil is actively used to make ointments, plasters, and emulsions. Sesame oil improves blood clotting. This remedy is a very good laxative; it is recommended to be used for hemorrhoidal diathesis.

In addition, sesame oil is widespread in cosmetology, as it is known for its moisturizing and softening properties. Sesame oil is good for makeup removal and massage. Sesame oil has an anti-inflammatory effect, stimulates skin regeneration, and protects it from aging.

The benefits of sesame for women

Sesame is good for women's health. It helps strengthen nails and hair, accelerates metabolic processes in the body, and also has the unique property of replacing female sex hormones. Sesame seeds contain phytoestrogens, plant compounds similar to the hormone estrogen. Therefore, it is useful for women during menopause, as well as for patients with hormonal imbalances in the body. [13]

Moreover, these compounds may reduce the risk of certain diseases, such as breast cancer, during menopause. [14]

A disease such as vitiligo most often affects the fairer sex. In patients, depigmented white areas appear on the skin. Sesame helps stop the process of melanin disappearance. [15]

It is known that after the onset of menopause, pathological changes begin to occur in bone tissue. Calcium is washed out of it, resulting in osteoporosis. Sesame seed is a source of this micronutrient, as well as sesamin, which has a direct effect on osteoblasts, stimulating the expression of key genes and key enzymes in the process of bone mineralization. Therefore, it must be consumed by all women over 45 years of age. [16]

In South Korea, sesame seed extract is used to stimulate menstrual bleeding.

Distribution of sesame and its history

Sesame seeds are very popular in Eastern countries. People there consume it in fairly large quantities; they use sesame as an additive to almost all dishes. No one still knows for sure what was the original reason for people to grow sesame.

They may have started doing this because of the taste of sesame, or perhaps because sesame contains various nutrients. Maybe people started growing this crop to extract medicinal oils from it.

Sesame is grown in India, in the countries of Central Asia, and in the Far East. In our country, sesame is not often used; it is mainly needed for making halva, some baked goods and other sweets.

In ancient times, it was believed that sesame was part of the elixir of immortality. In ancient Babylon, sesame seeds were considered to be the food of the gods. Women in the Middle Ages chewed a spoonful of sesame seeds every day. This was considered very useful.

How much calcium is in sesame?

Sesame should be eaten by people suffering from calcium deficiency in the body. 100 g of unpeeled seeds contain 1474 mg. This amount is enough to maintain the functioning of all organs throughout the day without removing calcium from bone tissue.

If the sesame seed has been subjected to heat treatment and heated to 65 °C, then the calcium in it undergoes a transformation. The body will absorb it 10 times worse. Therefore, to replenish the reserves of this microelement, you need to eat the seeds raw.

How to properly store sesame seeds

It is important to know the fact that sesame, which is unpeeled, can be stored much longer than peeled sesame.

As long as the sesame seeds have not been shelled, they can be stored in a small container in a cool, dark, dry place. It is recommended to choose an airtight container for storage.

If the sesame seed is already peeled, then its shelf life becomes much shorter. In this case, the product should be stored in the refrigerator, or in the freezer.

If you store sesame seeds in a dry, dark place in an airtight container, the shelf life
is approximately three months.

When sesame is stored in a place that is cooled (in the refrigerator), the shelf life increases to six months. And if you store sesame in the freezer, it can last for close to one year.

This only applies to sesame seeds. This does not apply to oil, since oil can retain its beneficial properties for several years.

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