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Usage of sesame oil, what applications can it be used for? 17-05-2019

General information of sesame oil

Let’s start with the industries sesame oil is being used in; the food, cosmetical and pharmaceutical industries.

Sesame oil is extracted from the first cold pressing of the sesame seeds. The taste of sesame oil is nutty. Sesame oil has a yellowish color and smells aromatic. It contains a lot of vitamins, including vitamins B1, E and F, minerals, phosphor and calcium. Sesame seed oil is rich in lecithin, which makes the oil good for the nervous system and brain. It contains fats, folium acid and nicotine acid.

The sesame plant is originally from Africa and was spread in China and India. In 1800 sesame seed also reached America. Sesame is one of the oldest crops known to man. Sesame seed has been appreciated for years and is rich in nutrition. The seed was also used for therapeutically and religious purposes. Women in Babylon 2300 years before Christ already used to eat sesame with honey to stimulate the fertility. At the grave of Tutankhamun, sesame seeds were also found.

Sesame oil should be kept in a dark and cool place to enjoy the product at its best quality. Sesame oil can also be used to feed the hair and for massage saloons. This is where the refined sesame oil is most suitable for.

SESAME OIL TYPES

There are different types of sesame oil; the refined version is mostly used in the cosmetical and pharmaceutical industry. Where the cold pressed, or extra virgin sesame oil is mostly used in the food industry.

Extra virgin sesame seed oil

The sesame seeds are mechanically cold pressed at a temperature below 45°C and then filtered. The oil has the nutty taste of sun ripened sesame seed and can be used as salad dressing, cooking oil and for therapeutical massage.

Toasted sesame seed oil

Toasted sesame seed oil is made from toasted pressed sesame seed and is a popular ingredient in Asian cuisine. It is not for use as a cooking oil, however, as the flavor is too intense and it burns easily. Instead, toasted sesame seed oil is normally added as a flavoring agent in the final stages of cooking.

Refined sesame seed oil

Refined sesame seed oil is commonly used not only in the food industry, but also in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Where a high-quality oil with neutral flavor and no aroma is required. Refined sesame seed oil is used as a pharmaceutic solvent (carrier inside of capsules), a cosmetics carrier oil and can be used for high heat applications like frying.

APPLICATION

The nutty taste of sesame oil makes it a perfect product to use as dressing for salads and even for dressing on bread. Sesame oil can also be used to bake, roast or stir fry your food but use this oil in moderation. Adding a sufficient layer amount of oil to your dishes are takes only a few drops. It gives most dishes additional taste and aroma. In Asiatic regions it is used with noodles. It is also used in make-up, medicines and other cosmetical and pharmaceutical applications.

As Dipasa we hope this contributes to some questions you may have about sesame oil. If you would like specifications or prices regarding our sesame oils, do not hesitate to contact our sales department at: info@dipasa.nl


Organic, what is it really worth? 26-04-2019

Your company has decided to become organic certified. The first step to become organic certified is to provide a company description, procedure of production or trading, customer complaint procedures, billing procedure, certificates of all the suppliers in the chain and a label of all the product specifications.

The process of becoming an organic supplier is strict. It is a process of mapping the production of organic foods and other agricultural products. Generally speaking, any venture that is directly involved in the food chain can become organic certified.

The requirements to become an organic certified supplier vary per continent (https://www.skal.nl/home-en-gb/about-skal/ec-legislation). Some requirements that have to be met in order to comply with the regulation of becoming an organic supplier are:

  • avoidance of syntheticchemical inputs (e.g. fertilizerpesticidesantibioticsfood additives), irradiation, and the use of sewage sludge;
  • avoidance of genetically modified seed;
  • use of farmland that has been free from prohibited chemical inputs for a number of years (often, three or more);
  • for livestock, adhering to specific requirements for feed, housing, and breeding;
  • keeping detailed written production and sales records (audit trail);
  • maintaining strict physical separation of organic products from non-certified products;
  • undergoing periodic on-site inspections.

Some continents even have government involvement regarding the organic listing. Suppliers and producers are subject to the same food safety regulations that apply to non-certified producers. The big difference is the use of pesticides. Some organic crops are next to conventional crops, cross contamination should be avoided (https://www.skal.nl/home-en-gb/food/).

So, what is the organic certificate really worth? Recapitulating we can say that the organic certificate is subject to different requirements throughout the world. Customers who want to know the ins and outs of an organic product, should start at the country of origin. What are the regulations, audits and government involvement regarding the organic certification there?

We hope this answers some questions you may have about the organic label. If you would like a copy of our certificates regarding our organic products, do not hesitate to contact our sales department at: info@dipasa.nl


The 10 benefits of black sesame seeds 19-04-2019

  1. Black sesame seeds have anti-aging properties.

Chinese herbal medicine recommends the use of the seeds to delay, and even reverse, common signs of aging like loss of hearing, poor memory, grey hair, and poor eyesight. The iron and B vitamins in the seeds help fight these age-related symptoms. The seeds help prevent the formation of unsightly pigments and wrinkles. They protect the skin from the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

  1. Black sesame seeds are recommended for healthy skin and bones.

The calcium in these seeds help keep bones strong. The zinc helps to strengthen the bones and to increase bone density. The seeds are especially recommended for older men and post menopausal women who are high-risk candidates for osteoporosis. Rich in Vitamin E, the seeds also keep the skin vibrant and healthy. Massaging the skin gently with moisturizers to which sesame oil has been added has been found helpful in promoting youthful supple skin. Sesame oil is recommended for use on babies. A soft gentle massage with the oil helps babies to sleep better. The oil is also helpful for protecting delicate skin against rashes.

  1. Black sesame seeds are good for the heart.

The seeds are rich in sesamolin and sesamin, substances recognized for their ability to lower levels of cholesterol. They also contain magnesium which helps check the rise of blood pressure. Research shows that of all the seeds and nuts commonly consumed in the United States, sesame seeds contain the highest amount of phylosterols.

Phylosterols lower cholesterol levels. Phylosterols from plants and cholesterol from animals have a similar chemical structure. Both go through the body through the same mechanisms – but the body can only absorb so much. If you eat food dense in phylosterols, you tend to absorb a smaller amount of cholesterol. You lessen your LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels – and reduce the risk of heart disease.

  1. Black sesame seeds protect against cancer.

The antioxidants (fiber and lignans) and phytochemicals (phylosterol) in the seeds provide protection against certain cancers like cancer of the colon. The seeds also contain sesamin which protects the liver from the damaging effects of free radicals. Having a healthy liver enables the body to detoxify and fight diseases like cancer. Phylosterols further lower the risk of cancer by strengthening the immune system.

  1. Black sesame seeds promote digestive health.

The seeds relieve indigestion and constipation. They contain healthy oils which help lubricate the intestines. The seeds also provide the dietary fiber necessary for healthy digestion.

  1. Black sesame seeds aid in lactation.

The seeds are a great help for nursing mothers. They increase supply of breast milk. The calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, copper, B vitamins, unsaturated fat, and protein in the seeds are all beneficial, particularly to women who are lactating.

  1. Black sesame seeds reduce anxiety.

The magnesium and calcium in sesame seeds relieve stress. The tryptophan and thiamine in the seeds help in the production of serotonin, a compound present in the human body that helps reduce pain, balance moods, and make deep slumber possible.

  1. Black sesame seeds relieve the pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

The seeds are rich in copper which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to counter the difficulties presented by the disease. The mineral also helps the enzyme lysyl oxidase to cross-link elastin and collagen, the substances that provide elasticity, strength, and structure to the joints, bones, and blood vessels.

  1. Black sesame seeds increase respiratory and vascular health.

The magnesium in the seeds prevents airway spasm in asthmatic patients. It lowers blood pressure, thus helping protect against diabetic heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. It prevents trigeminal spasm of the blood vessels that initiates migraine episodes. It helps restore sleep patterns to normal, thus helping menopausal women get the rest and sleep that oftentimes elude them because of their condition.

  1. The calcium in black sesame seeds helps prevent a variety of problems, including premenstrual syndrome and migraine.

There are many ways to include black sesame seeds in your diet so you can enjoy their health benefits. You can bake them sprinkled on top of breads like bagels and enjoy their nutty flavor and delicate crunch. You can also sprinkle them over your cereals or salads or even over desserts like cake and ice-cream. You can blend them into your smoothies or eat them with yoghurt.

More and more people are recognizing the nourishing and health benefits that come from the use of black sesame seeds. The seeds are considered one of the most popular health foods of today, along with turmeric, honey, garlic, lemon, and green tea. They didn’t get that place by luck they receive that honor by being a simple food you can add to your diet that will help you live a longer and healthier life.

As Dipasa we hope this contributes to some questions you may have about black sesame seeds. If you would like specifications or prices regarding our sesame seeds, do not hesitate to contact our sales department at: info@dipasa.nl


The grey area of vegetable oils 12-04-2019

There is a wide variety of vegetable oils these days. Starting with the more basic oils (olive oil) to the more premium oils (walnut or avocado oil).

The reason why some suppliers get into this market, is because it is a stable and growing market. It is estimated that the vegetable oil market will have a steady growth of 4-5% per year. Traders of seeds and kernels are now also offering vegetable oils because of this fact. Vegetable oils have been extracted from plants and fruits for many centuries, it is only for the last decade that it is produced on a much larger scale and also being promoted on a larger scale.

There is a grey area regarding the refinery of these vegetable oils. This is because there is no regulation (to our knowledge) about the content of vegetable oils. When a supplier states they sell a 100% sesame oil there seems to be no checks or regulations to demand them to actually sell 100% sesame oil. Some rumors about suppliers mixing sesame oil with sunflower oil (a much cheaper oil) are being spread, and could also be true.

To highlight the aforementioned problem, let’s take avocado oil as an example. The refined avocado oil is widely used for food and cosmetical applications. A very small percentage is also used for pharmaceutical applications. The color of refined avocado oil is a more yellow color (which could also be easily mixed with other oils because the most vegetable oils are yellowish) (source: https://www.usda.gov/). The extra virgin avocado oil has a dark green color and most of the time is 2 to 3 times more expensive than the refined avocado oil (especially the organic avocado oil). The temptation to make a refined avocado oil greener with pigment and sell it for a much higher price is a fact. The Codex Alimentarius Commission states they have no specifications regarding avocado oil yet. For sesame oil for example, they have.

This is the first step in mapping all the product specifications of every vegetable oil being produced and sold at the moment http://www.fao.org/fao-who-codexalimentarius/sh-proxy/.

At Dipasa we provide 100% avocado and sesame oil directly extracted from our production facility. As long as there is no regulation regarding the contact of vegetable oils, we continue our fight against low prices and the grey are of vegetable oils.

As Dipasa we hope this contributes to some questions you may have about vegetable oils. If you would like specifications or prices regarding our avocado or sesame oils, do not hesitate to contact our sales department at: info@dipasa.nl


Clarification about chia seeds 05-04-2019

There is a lot misunderstanding regarding chia seeds these days. Dipasa wants to bring some facts to you about chia seeds:

1.100 grams of chia seed contains (on average) 490 calories (source: https://www.usda.gov/). The majority of these calories are indigestible dietary fibers. This means the body will not adopt these calories.

2.Chia seeds exists, measured in weight of 40% dietary fiber, which makes it a great source for dietary fibers (source: https://www.usda.gov/).

3.Chia seeds are also rich in anti-oxidants. It is so rich in anti-oxidants, that all fatty acids are protected for a period until four years and protects the seeds from becoming bad. Chia seeds are one of the richest anti-oxidants sources that mother nature has to offer.

4.Anti-oxidants are important for skin recovery and pretend the skin from becoming old.

5.Chia seeds are also a very good source of vegetable proteins. They contain essential amino acids, which is quite unique for vegetable proteins. This is why it is a great source of proteins for vegetarians and vegans (and of course anyone who wants to eat less meat).

6.Considering the fact that chia seeds are rich in dietary fibers we can assume it is also good for people who have diabetes or want to prevent diabetes.

7.One study was conducted regarding chia seeds in relation with a high blood pressure. For a period of one year, one group got 35 gram chia flour (which is grinded chia seeds) and the placebo group got none. After one year the blood pressure of the placebo group was the same, the chia group got a significant decrease in blood pressure.

As Dipasa we hope this contributes to some questions you may have about chia seeds. If you would like specifications or prices regarding Chia do not hesitate to contact our sales department at: info@dipasa.nl

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