Fat, carbohydrate, and protein are three main macronutrients that are essential. Fat (triglycerides) help create, maintain, and protect good health. They are needed for cellular function, muscle movement, digestion, and to make possible the uptake of many fat-soluble nutrients. Good fats, in proper amounts, have absolutely no bad influence; quite the contrary.
Fats tend to make food taste better. They are indispensable in the culinary world for richness, texture, and to satiate appetite for longer periods. As in categories of most things, there are the good and the bad, the better and the very bad. Some fats are only good if taken in small amounts.
Bad fats are cheap and exploited for profit. Beneficial healthy fats are more costly. There is a long history in the U.S. of taking the good fats from foods that are beneficial for humans and using them to raise animals, while marketing bad fats, that are also bad for animals, to people as if they were good for them. Eating cheap, bad fats does no good for anyone, except for the food monopolies. Cheap bad fats are a very significant factor in the very poor health of the average American.
It is proper and necessary to learn how to manage a balanced, healthy diet. Ignorance or arrogant thinking that one is above, or an exception to, humanity’s inherent physical dietary limitations is rampant in our society, as are the consequences. Judicious exercise of free will and management of sensory stimuli are challenging. Basic knowledge and culinary skills makes them both a lot easier, rewarding, and fun.
Good fats are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated from various plant foods such as vegetables, whole grain, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
The internet is dense-packed with intentionally confusing reports, claims, and marketing propaganda regarding fats. This makes it exceedingly difficult to find sound information about them.
Bad fats are trans fats or saturated fat, regardless of origin. Anything hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated should be avoided.
Generally, vegetable sources of fats from clean, healthy-soil-grown plants that are properly handled are the best for regular use. Unrefined sesame, safflower, and extra virgin olive oils, avocado, seeds and nuts, beans, and whole grain contain high quality, beneficial fat.
Taking only small amounts of bad fats is very important, if we want to feel well. Once we begin using unrefined, more delicious healthy fats like those in EDEN Unrefined Vegetable Oils, Tahini, and Black Sesame Butter, a wellspring of delicious opportunity opens. The foods we prepare are better tasting, more satisfying, and we feel better.
It’s a fact that when intelligent adjustments to our diet are made, the changes initially seem limiting and difficult. Gradually, this becomes its opposite, opening a very pleasurable realm of new experience and a heightened sense of well-being.
Splendor and Abundance
Sesame Sesamum indicum seems to have originated in the East Indies and Africa. It is the oldest herbaceous plant cultivated for seeds. Used and traded far into prehistory, sesame has been a significant food of Far East and Mediterranean civilizations. Culinary sesame oil has a storied history as a cosmetic, particularly in traditional Ayurvedic practice. Ancient Egyptians milled sesame and used it in breads. They used its oil for beauty and purification. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, declared, “Sesame is a food that can improve mankind’s energy and vitality.” Greek, Roman, and Turkish soldiers carried them as rations, and Japanese and Koreans associate sesame with longevity. Today, Japan is the largest importer of sesame in the world.
Sesame is one of the most concentrated sources of important nutrients including essential fatty acids (EFAs), calcium, iron, and an exceptionally high quality protein with the amino acids methionine, lysine, and tryptophan that are rare in vegetable protein sources. Sesame’s lignans, sesamin, sesamol, and sesamolin, act as preservatives and provide potent antioxidant health benefits. The expression open sesame declares entrance to splendor and abundance.
Sesame is a Treasured Staple
Tahini is a Mediterranean staple and the butter of the Middle East. It is a key ingredient of hummus (chickpea) dip or spread, and countless traditional recipes the world over.
EDEN Sesame Tahini is organic, dry roasted, hulled tan sesame seed ground to a fine creamy paste. Tahini richens sauces, salad dressings, dips, desserts, pastries, smoothies, and casseroles. Tahini sauces are used on falafel (fried or baked chickpea patties), vegetables, meat, fish, and noodles. Miso tahini spread is a go-to for breads, crackers, and vegetables.
EDEN Black Sesame Butter is a creamy, rich, organic black sesame paste made of whole, dry roasted black seed ground to a smooth butter. Black sesame is highly prized in Eastern cultures. Use it to make sweet soups, sauces, desserts, pastries, and baked goods.
Both are delicious with any whole grain, bread, toast, crackers, muffins, scones, and rice cakes. They offer a superb amino acid profile and healthy fats. Visit edenfoods.com for many delicious, free recipes containing EDEN Tahini and Black Sesame Butter that are gluten free, non-GMO, and come in glass jars.
Unrefined — Expeller/Cold Pressed, Pure
Unrefined vegetable oil like EDEN Sesame, Toasted Sesame, Hot Pepper Sesame, high oleic Safflower, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil are very beneficial, nutritious, wholesome, and flavorful. Refined vegetable oils, made to have indefinite shelf life and the cheapest cost, do not hold a candle to what they were originally. Denatured commercial vegetable oil is exactly that, unnatural, yet marketed as refined, falsely implying that it is better. The aroma, flavor, nutrients, and health benefits of vegetable oils are intact in natural, unrefined versions, but those attributes are destroyed in commercial extraction and refining.
Unrefined vegetable oils are expeller or cold pressed from whole oilseed, avoiding high heat and hexane extraction. Straightforward mechanical pressing retains the valuable components, leaving oil a with distinctive, appealing character and all its inherent value and benefits. Commercial vegetable oils are chemically deodorized and deflavored before they can be sold. In EDEN Unrefined Vegetable Oils, the flavor, color, and bouquet of the oilseed remains quite evident. They contain antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamin E that naturally protect and preserve the oils.
EDEN Unrefined Vegetable Oils are free of chemical solvents and are non-GMO. They are lightly filtered and bottled in efficacious dark amber glass to protect flavor and nutrients from damage by light. Photooxidation (light damage) is systemic in food stores. Amber glass best protects food, as studies clearly show. Gluten free and kosher