Monday, June 9, 2008
Sesame oil made from roasted sesame seeds, is called dark sesame or toasted sesame oil and has a strong, distinctive flavor. It is dark brown in color has a thick consistency and cloudy appearance. Sesame oil, besides being rich in iron, magnesium, copper, calcium, iron, zinc and vitamins B6 & E, helps heal the womb and rid it of "dirty residual blood". Copper provides relief for rheumatoid arthritis. Sesame oil is unique in that it has one of the highest concentrations of omega-6 fatty acids help reduce high blood pressure. Consuming sesame oil can also relieve lethargy, fatigue and insomnia, while promoting strength and vitality, enhancing blood circulation. There are claims that it has relaxing properties that eases pain and muscle spasm, such as sciatica, dysmenorrhoea, colic, backache and joint pain. In addition, it has antioxidants that are supposed to slow down the aging process and promote longevity.
Sesame oil is not known to be harmful when taken in recommended dosages, though the long-term effects of taking sesame-derived remedies (in any amount) have not been investigated. Due to lack of sufficient medical study, sesame oil should be used with caution in small children, women who are pregnant or breast-feeding and people with liver or kidney disease.
"Cancer-Causing Material Found in Cooking Oil"
By Bae Ji-sook
"Benzopyrene is generated by heating or cooking oils. In sesame oil, the hydrocarbon is present in smoke generated during the sesame frying or squeezing process. Benzopyrene is a designated carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. In the United States, there were studies that indicated eating too much of these oils can cause birth defects.
However, there is little chance of people actually getting cancer by eating these oils and the possibility of people eating these oils all their lives and getting cancer is only about one in a million,'' the administration's researcher Lee Dong-ha said.
www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2007/09/117_9680.html - 82k
According to my mother Ghee Hiang sesame oil is the best but personally I find them all the same having tried all the different brands. Maybe it is beacuse I do not have a discerning taste bud.