Use sesame oil as a healthy fat
By now, most of us know that fats comes in different varieties. Some are good, bad, or downright awful for health. “Sesame oil is rich in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, and low in saturated fats,” says Edwina Clark, RD, and head of nutrition and wellness at Yummly.com. “Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are ‘heart healthy’ and help keep cholesterol under control,” says Clark. On the other hand, saturated (“bad” fat) and transfats (“awful” fat) boost inflammation and total cholesterol, which is bad for your heart, according to a study in the journal PLoS One. A 1/4 cup of sesame oil contains about 6.75 grams of monounsaturated fat, 7.84 grams of polyunsaturated fat and 2.50 grams of saturated fat. Avoid these 13 foods cardiologists try to never eat.
Use it for a pre-bedtime foot massages
We all have our rituals for bedtime. Brushing our teeth, washing our face, applying miracle cream to our face, but how about doing something that feels relaxing like a foot massage? Self-massage is a fundamental part of an Ayurvedic health regimen and sesame oil has benefit for your skin. (Ayurveda is a holistic method practiced in India for at least 5,000 years and recently has grown in popularity in Western cultures.) “Rubbing a teaspoon or so of sesame oil into the soles of your feet before bed can help you get a more restful night sleep,” suggests Danielle Flug Capalino MSPH, RD of New York City. Remember, to put on a pair of socks after you apply the oil, so you don’t slip. Woke up at 2 a.m. and can’t fall back to sleep? Try these insomnia remedies.