Monday, May 18, 2009

Sesame Seeds: small in size, big in calcium

If you’re worried about osteoporosis and yet you cannot bring yourself to drink milk, I may have the answer for you.

I came across a wonderful book years ago entitled Mirror, Mirror on the Wall. It was written by a famous American nutritionist, Gaylord Hauser and was filled with information about how one can be beautiful by eating the right foods. According to the author of the book, sesame seeds contain a good protein and B vitamins but most of all it is also a great source of calcium which is badly needed for good teeth and bones. One can get 1,125 milligrams of calcium from one hundred grams of sesame seeds, while you can only get 600 milligrams of calcium from milk. So for all of you out there who dislike milk as much as I do, you may want to try this recipe. I like it a whole lot better than milk.

Sweet Sesame Milk

1 cup washed sesame seeds
2 cups of water
2 tablespoons of honey
2 drops of vanilla extract

Put ingredients in liquefier-blender and mix until smooth. If it is too rich, just add more water. Keep it in the refrigerator and serve it chilled. It’s not only nutritious, it tastes good too, a little like almond milk.

Other rich sources of calcium are cottage cheese, yogurt, molasses, almonds, sesame seeds, turnip greens and broccoli.

Reference: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall by Gaylord Hausser

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