This topic of benefits of sesame chikki “Ellu mittai” brings me back to the childhood memories. Once I and my older brother went to a small stall to buy something to eat when we get bored (yeah,we get hungry when we get bored lol!). The string of colourful helium filled potato chips packets caught my eyes and I took the West Indies flavour!
While my brother was using his both hands to open a jar which was tightly closed. In that, I saw many black balls which was unattractive. He said that they were ellumittai. I sulked at him. He remarked that he is a healthy 80’s kid and I am a unhealthy 2k kid. Maybe, he was right at the time cuz I am here to point out the nutritional boons of the after-school snack of our parents.
It is called – til in Hindi, Tila and raashi in Oriya, ellu in Malayalam, Tamil, and Kannada and Nuvvulu in Telugu!
It is one of the traditional sweets in the southern part of India.
Sesame, in India, is been a major cultivar following the Harappa period. Most of the school days on the way back home, Sesame burfi are stored in the glass jars that just drools anybody’s mouth who passes through the shop.
They are so nutritious with the less ingredients of Sesame seeds, Jaggery, water and Ghee.This snack stay good for many days if maintained in an air tight container.
Sesame/Ellu mittais are of two types. White and Black.
-White ones are good sources of calcium.
-Black ones are rich in iron. Be it for diabetes, blood pressure or delayed menstrual cycle, these seeds just make so much advantageous when consumed well.
These energy bars is a crunchy healthy snack and you are sure to love it.
Have anyone noticed the white seeds on top of the burger? Besides the flavour of beef, chicken and toppings, you won’t believe that the sesame seeds actually adds flavour to the bun! They actually pack a lot of flavour for just being tiny seeds.
Sesame seeds are a loaded source of natural oils, lignans, antioxidants, protein, dietary fiber, and vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, B-vitamins and vitamin E according to the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.
Those are loaded with potent amino acids like tryptophan and fat-burning polyphenols like sesamin and sesamol.
1. Anti-ageing properties:
The Chinese believe that the nutrients in black sesame seeds can help in postponing or reversing aging. It is rich in vitamin E, which reduces the appearance of burns and marks on the skin, as well as signs of premature aging.
Harvard University researchers in 2010, black sesame seeds are rich in vitamin B and iron. Sagging skin, deep wrinkles, hair loss, gray hair all of which are the indicators of ageing.
Zinc is a essential component present in sesame seeds which help in the formation of collagen, which strengthens the muscle tissue, hair and skin.
2. Boosts heart health
Natural oil-soluble plant lignans present in these seeds helps to reduce hypertension, according to research studies. This, in turn, helps reduce the strain on your blood vessels.
Magnesium is a known vasodilator (an agent that reduces blood pressure) present in sesame chikki. Sesame seeds contain up to 25% of your daily requirement of magnesium in a single serving.
Sesame seeds has been connected to reducing the chances of diabetes and managing its symptoms in patients having already developed the condition. Sesame seed oil can positively affect the impact of various medications like glibenclamide in patients suffering from type 2 diabetes.
It improves this medication’s functionality and regulates the insulin and glucose levels in the body.
4.Sesame Seeds Benefits for Hair:
Sesame seed contains vitamins and minerals that are necessary for the scalp and hair maintenance.
5. Natural cure for anemia:
The black sesame seeds are powerhouses of iron. It is one of the best home remedies for iron deficiency. Jaggery also will help in improving the levels of iron.
6. Good for pregnant women and fetus:
An woman can’t cross her pregnancy period without the recommendation of iron and folic acid tablets from her doctor! Why?
Folic acids help to reduce the risk of neuro disorders and spinal damage.
Iron help in reducing of pregnancy-triggered anemia. However, it is advisable to keep your hands off these nutrition powerhouses during initial stages of pregnancy as they are known to induce abortion.
7. Side Effects Of Sesame Seeds:
People who are allergic to nuts such peanuts, walnuts, etc. must avoid sesame seeds consumption.
Keep an eye on the food label whether it contains sesame seeds before buying a food!