Sesame oil, also called gingelly oil or til oil, is oil that is derived from sesame seeds. In some areas it is commonly used for cooking and in others as a condiment to add flavor to foods. How it is used usually depends on the type of oil. This oil is also used in different parts of the world as massage oil and in worship. It also has several health benefits.
There are two main types of sesame oils available. Cold press sesame oil is oil that is pressed from raw sesame seeds. It is light in color and has a mild flavor. There is also toasted sesame oil which pressed from toasted sesame seeds. Toasting the seeds produces oil that is darker in color and nuttier in flavor.
Sesame oil has a lot of antioxidants in it, meaning that it doesn’t go rancid as easily as other oils. Light versions of this oil can be used to cook with, and, because of its high smoke point, is used in deep frying. Toasted sesame oil, because of its lower smoke point, is not usually used in cooking. Since its flavor deteriorates when it is overheated, it is better suited as a condiment to add flavor to dishes.
When producing this oil, sesame seeds are dried and shaken on screens to get rid of stones and dirt. Then they are sent into an expeller. The seeds are pressed and then pressed again to ensure that the most oil possible is able to be derived from the seed. The remainder of the seed is commonly sold as feed for cattle.
Like olive oil, sesame oil is one type of oil that is good for you. It is full of mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids which helps to reduce bad cholesterol. Some research even suggests that it can help reduce high blood pressure. It also contains two types of antioxidants—sesamol and sesamin. Antioxidants help reduce free radicals—substances in your body that can lead to the destruction of cells.
Sesame oil also contains vitamin E and B complex which helps skin look healthier. It moisturizes dry skin and can help to prevent eczema, psoriasis, and blemishes. Some people also use it as a hair treatment. It has even been used to massage the scalp. There are also some who believe that it can prevent hair loss.