I couldn't resist saying it! It's just a fun thing to say that conjures up all kinds of childhood images of Aladdin and such.
I have no clue as to how I found myself reading up on sesame seeds. I just felt it was time to pick a particular food item and feature it to understand a little about it's history, uses and nutritional value.
I have to tell you advance, (one of my disclaimers), I will never tell someone how and what to eat. Your food culture is a personal matter that not only reflects the kinds of foods that you like but tells much about your cultural heritage, your emmotions, and your education.
The article that I found that presents some very intriquing information about sesame seeds is from a site that promotes the vegan food culture. Roland and I both love meat and I cannot forsee that ever changing. Regardless, I respect those that chose to be vegetarian and found the information on sesame seeds to be very informative and interesting. The article is a bit long but I thought it was interesting that before WWII, the majority of cooking oil that was used in the United States was sesame seed oil. When you read over the nutritional components you will be amazed at the variety and strengh of the nutrients packed into such a tiny seed!
When Roland and I met, I was one of those people who opened the box or can and warmed up the family meal. After our marriage in 2005, I truely began to appreciate what food is really about, not only that it can taste very good, and be nutritious, but that it can be a celebration of who you are and the people that you share it with.