It’s a custom to say ‘Tilgul ghya ani goad goad bola,’ while offering Tilgul during Makar Sankranti in Maharashtra. The saying means: “Have tilgul and say sweet things.” But the humble tilgul can do more than just make you speak sweetly. The traditional sweetmeat made of sesame seeds and jaggery holds a special place of importance in Maharashtrian culture.Sesame or til adds more than just flavour to your dish. This common kitchen ingredient is an important source of phyto-nutrients such as omega-6 fatty acids, flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants, vitamins, and dietary fibre with potential anti-cancer as well as health promoting properties.The sweetmeat is a symbolic representation of our ego – tender as sesame seeds yet sweet as jaggery. But apart from the religious significance, tilgul also has many health benefits.
Sesame seeds are derived from the sesame plant, which is one of the oldest oilseed plants in the world. It is extremely resilient and can be grown in a variety of climatic conditions. The seeds are very small in size, about 2 mm wide and 3-4 mm long.They are ensconced within small pods that line the plant’s axes. Originally, they were native to India and parts of Africa, although many other countries are now cultivating them as well. Although it is an oily seed, the fat content in it is largely the healthy variety, which is why it is one of the healthier cooking oils used across the globe. Sesame seeds can be purchased unshelled or shelled.
The sesame seeds or til in the tilgul is a nutritious oilseed, often known as the “Queen of oilseeds” since it doesn’t get oxidised easily. The seeds contain 50-60 percent high-quality oil, which is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids.While we can’t guarantee sesame seeds will keep you looking younger, it can actually be really good for your skin and can often be found in many skin care products. Healthy skin is just one of the many benefits of adding sesame seeds to your diet. Below we take a look at the top benefits to adding this seed to your diet.
1) Facilitates Hair and Skin Care
Zinc is a crucial component in the formation of collagen, a compound that strengthens and vitalizes skin, hair, and muscle tissue. What better way to incorporate zinc in your diet than to eat a zinc-rich food like sesame seeds. In fact, the effects of zinc in sesame is so acute that it has been known to reduce the appearance of marks such as burns, on the skin. It also keeps the skin looking young and fresh, and prevents premature signs of aging showing on visible parts of the body, such as the face. Winters spell doom for hair health since many experience accelerated hair fall. The phytonutrients in sesame helps reduce hair fall and prevents dandruff.
2) Improves Oral Health
One of the most notable effects of consuming sesame seeds is the betterment of oral health. Although sesame oil is better, sesame seeds can do the trick too. The fatty acids in sesame seeds, when broken down and released in the mouth through chewing, can have impressive astringent and antibacterial effects. One of the most common bacteria that can negatively impact oral health is known as streptococcus. Consuming sesame seeds has been directly associated with reducing the presence of that bacteria in the mouth.
3) Bone Health
Eating the til and jaggery rich tilgul provides your body with calcium, phosphorus and other important minerals. Sesame seeds are a great source of both calcium and zinc, and both these minerals play a key role in helping to maintain strong, healthy bones. Eating sesame seeds on a regular basis can help prevent osteoporosis, making sesame seeds a popular part of the diet of older individuals.
4) Good Source of Protein and Fibre
They may be tiny in stature but sesame seeds are big when it comes to providing your body with protein and fibre. Sesame seeds are full of high quality protein. Protein makes up 20 percent of the seed with 4.7 grams of protein per ounce.This protein will help in the maintenance and development of muscles, while the fibre from sesame seeds help support a healthy digestive system.
5) Protects you from Cancer
Research has found that sesame has very potent anti-cancer properties. It has been found to be effective against a number of cancers like lung cancer, colon cancer, leukaemia, prostate cancer, breast cancer and pancreatic cancer. All these benefits are brought about by a potent antioxidant known as sesamin. Sesamin stops and slows down the regeneration of cancer cells and stops the production of chemicals that are linked to their survival.
6) Manages and Controls the Effect of Diabetes
Many studies have shown that magnesium can have a positive effect in controlling the symptoms of diabetes. As diabetes is a lifestyle, patients who deal with it form a healthier dietary routine to help them combat the disease. A moderate intake of sesame seeds on a day-to-day basis can go a long way in helping diabetics, without having to do too much. The fatty acids present in the seed, and the extract of the seed, can facilitate better functioning of the medication prescribed to diabetics, including glibenclamide. This is specifically true for those who suffer from type 2 diabetes. It makes the drug more effective in the body, and it also regulates insulin and glucose in the blood.
7) Reduces Hypertension
Hypertension is one of the biggest symptoms of ill-health in today’s day. The number of cases of hypertension have increased over the last two decades, and this growth has been attributed to the lifestyle we now lead, which includes a huge change in the way we consume food. Consuming sesame seeds are an organic way to combat hypertension. The natural oils and fatty acids in the seeds prevent the development of several cardiac conditions. In addition, these seeds are rich in magnesium, which is a known vasodilator, which means that it reduces blood pressure. In one moderate serving, sesame seeds can provide up to 25% of the recommended intake of magnesium.
During this wonderful festival of Makar Sankranti Team WeDo wishes you good health and prosperity.
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