Sesame Oil: The Fragrant Condiment with Benefits for Health
TIMESINDONESIA, JAKARTA – The connoisseurs of Chinese, Korean, and Japanese cuisine are certainly familiar with one of the most common condiments used as an ingredient: sesame oil. Nowadays, even more countries such as India and some middle eastern countries use this condiment in their dishes, thanks to the fragrant aroma the oil produces.
Adding this condiment during the cooking process gives it a distinguished aroma that will enhance the overall appeal and quality of the dish. Sesame oil is made from sesame seed extract produced through the pressing process.
There are two types of sesame oil; roasted sesame seeds oil and the regular one. Each one has different methods of usage and aroma.
The regular, untoasted sesame oil has a neutral taste and can withstand high temperatures, which makes it a perfect substitute for standard cooking oil for frying and roasting. However, this type of sesame oil is more commonly used for stir-fries.
Quite the opposite, roasted sesame oil is more suitable for low-temperature cooking methods or used raw as dressing. Roasted sesame oil is commonly used as an ingredient in various kinds of sauces and marinades. Using roasted sesame oil in a high-temperature or prolonged cooking process will eliminate the distinguished aroma which distinguishes the roasted sesame oil from the regular one.
Moreover, roasted sesame oil also has numerous other benefits for health. In various traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) procedures, roasted sesame oil is believed to be able to improve blood circulation, warm the body, and is also used for hair nourishment material.
Nonetheless, regular sesame oil is also believed to reduce the risk of cardiac problems, control blood sugar, relieve pain, soothe arthritis symptoms, and improves skin beauty by protecting it from excessive sunlight.
Such benefits of both types of sesame oil come from the numerous vitamins and minerals that sesame seeds have. From vitamin B1, protein, vegetable fat, niacin, calcium, sodium, zinc, and many more. Sesame oil also has antioxidant, anti-microbe, and anti-inflammation properties. The two dominant types of antioxidants contained in sesame oil are sesamol and sesaminol.
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