A lot of parents are always hesitating before giving sesame seeds to their kids, so we decided to go into some details and tell you more about sesame seeds’ benefits for kids.
Sesame seeds are not nuts but they can create allergic reactions similar to nuts. To avoid allergic reactions, make sure your kid is at least 1 year old and doesn’t have any allergies to nuts and seeds. If you are not sure but there’s a history of allergic reactions in your family, it’s better to be cautious.
It’s also better to give sesame seeds to toddlers who already have teeth and can chew them. The seeds are very small, so it would be very difficult for infant to have them.
Sesame seeds have many health benefits for kids. Here are just 5 of them:
1. Dental Caries
Sesame seeds are rich in calcium which is especially beneficial in treating dental caries. If you want your kids to have healthy teeth, give them sesame seed snacks instead of candy.
2. High Energy Source
Your kids are playing and running a lot and they need a lot of energy. Sesame seeds are full of protein, which supplies energy, builds and repairs tissue, fights infections, forms enzymes and hormones.
3. Liver protection
Sesame seeds can be very good for liver protection. They can help control liver damage and protect it from diseases like jaundice and hepatitis.
4. Bone Development
Give your kids sesame seeds more frequently and you will ad a very good source of calcium for their bone development. Sesame seeds are a very good source of calcium. In 100 g of sesame seeds contain 60 mg calcium.
5. Best source of unsaturated fats
This is one of the best benefits of sesame seeds. They are a high source of fats, most unsaturated fats. 61% of sesame seeds is composed of unsaturated fats. These are good both for your growing child and you.
Ways To Add Sesame Seeds To Food
Try to give organic, unprocessed sesame seeds to your kids to get the most nutrients out of it.
- Add them to Breads or muffins
- Sprinkle on salads
- Use Hummus as a dip with fresh veggies
- Add to stir-fry veggies
- Blend with avocado for a sandwich spread or salsa
- Add to cookie dough
- Sprinkle over steamed veggies
- Eat them as a snack, try our sesame seed snack bars!
Check our previous article to learn about more health benefits of sesame seeds.