Sesame seeds (Til) for diabetes: How the oilseeds can help in blood sugar management
Mar 29 Friday, 2019

Sesame seeds are tiny, edible seeds that come from a plant called the Sesamum genus and can help in keeping blood sugar levels managed. The plant is native to both Africa and India.

New Delhi: Diabetes affects millions of people around the world and is a serious lifestyle disease that has taken over in recent years. Diabetes is caused when the pancreas does not secrete the hormone insulin, which is responsible for breaking down sugar in the body. This leads to an increase in the blood sugar levels and it can also be fatal if not taken care of. While you must take care of your health to ensure that diseases like diabetes do not make home in your body, if you happen to get diabetes due to other reasons, there are ways to keep your blood sugar under control and keep the dangers away.

Sesame seeds, also known as til are tiny, edible seeds that come from a plant called the Sesamum genus. The plant is native to both Africa and India. Sesame seeds are the oldest oilseed crop in the world. Sesame seeds can be used as toppings on salads, bread, cakes, or basically anything that the flavour would go with. Sesame seeds and their nutrient content may also help you become healthy and also control blood sugar levels if you are diabetic.

Rich source of plant protein

According to Healthline, sesame seeds contain 5 gm protein per 3 tablespoons serving of the seeds. Sesame seeds are rich in plant protein called the methionine and cysteine, two amino acids that are not present in large amounts even in legumes. Protein is extremely essential to building the hormones in the body, including insulin.

Good source of fibre

Sesame seeds are rich in fibre and regular intake of sesame seeds will help in increasing the fibre content in the body. Fibre slows down the absorption of sugar in the body and hence directly keeps a check on the blood sugar levels of the body. Eating fibre rich food, like sesame seeds can be really helpful in managing diabetes.

Low carbohydrate content

The low carbohydrate content of sesame seeds adds to their benefits for blood sugar control. Low carbohydrate content means less sugar, which means controlled blood sugar.

Sesame seeds contain pinoresinol

Pinoresinol is a compound that can help regulate blood sugar by inhibiting the action of the enzyme maltase. Maltase is a digestive enzyme that breaks down blood sugar maltose. Sesame seeds contain pinoresinol, which when inhibits the breakdown of maltose, can help in controlling sugar.

Rich in antioxidants

Animal and human studies suggest that consumption of sesame seeds can increase the level of antioxidant activity in your body. Keeping toxins out of your body is a way of keeping your body functions efficient. Antioxidants may put off your risk of developing diabetes, and may also improve insulin production and use in your body.

Sesame seeds support the immune system

Sesame seeds improve immunity due to their nutrient content and therefore can keep diseases away. Having diabetes can put you at risk of other diseases also, and therefore good immunity is important to fight those diseases and help your body be healthy.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.