Since the beginning of time, Indian winters haven't been the same without til, or sesame seeds. From til ke ladoo to til ki gajak, it's hard to think about winter in India without thinking about sesame. Ayurveda values sesame seeds for their ability to give the body heat and energy and for their many benefits for the skin and hair. They are also very healthy, which makes them a must-have in your winter diet.
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What is til?
Til, also known as sesame, is a flowering plant in the genus Sesamum. Its scientific name is Sesamum indicum. It is grown for its edible seeds, which grow in pods, and it has spread to many tropical places around the world.
Nutritional value of til:
Most of the time, bakeries use til or sesame oil. Sesame seeds are a good source of protein, vitamin B1, fibre, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, calcium, manganese, copper, and zinc.
Ways to use til in our diet:
- One of the main things in hummus is tahini, which is made by grinding roasted til or sesame seeds and vegetable oil into a thin paste. Tahini can also be used to make a light salad dressing.
- You can also roast til, crush them, and then sprinkle them on salads. This will be more interesting and tasty than a regular salad.
- You can add crunchy and tasty raw til to any side dish. For example, you can add to dishes with vegetables or beans.
- Til is a great ingredient to try in your cooking.
- You can make your own sesame milk, just like almond milk and hemp milk.
Health benefits of til:
- Promotes hair growth
Getting bald? Til makes the roots stronger. The seeds are full of omega fatty acids, which help hair grow and also fix damaged hair. They also help keep the scalp moist and improve blood flow to help hair follicles grow back.
- Prevents ageing
Til seeds are full of antioxidants that can turn back the signs of ageing and make your skin look young again.
- Makes skin health better
Til or sesame seeds have an oil that is great for your skin. They help keep the skin smooth and soft. They have a lot of anti-inflammatory properties that help heal redness, sores, and other skin problems on the face from the inside out. One tablespoon of olive oil and two tablespoons of ground sesame seeds can be mixed together. After you wet your face, put this mixture on it. It works best if you do it once or twice a week.
- Boosts Dental Health
The oil in the seeds helps remove plaque from teeth and improves oral health.
- Boosts Digestion
Because it is high in fibre and unsaturated fatty acids, black sesame seed or til can help people who are constipated. The oil in the seed can help keep your intestines smooth, and the fibre in the seed makes it easier to go to the bathroom.
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