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Health and Responsibility

For a healthy alternative to high-fat spreads, we’ve created a line of sesame-based spreads that are not only nutritious…but simply delicious! Consisting primarily of sesame seeds, our spreads contain natural ingredients with no additives or preservatives. Sesame is a true superfood, a nutritional powerhouse, packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Recent studies have shown sesame seeds and sesame oil to be amongst the most potent, nutrient-filled consumer food ingredients in use today. Smart consumers can reap the many health benefits of sesame either as a standalone seed or within other products, although we highly recommend Simply Sesame.

Sesame seeds possess a unique nutritional profile, with high levels of copper, manganese, calcium and magnesium in particular. Vitamins, minerals and nutrients of note found in just a single ounce of sesame seeds include:

- Copper (.7mg/35% of recommended daily amount)
- Calcium (277mg/28% of recommended daily amount)
- Manganese (.7mg/35% of recommended daily amount)
- Iron (4.1mg/23% of recommended daily amount)
- Tryptophan (93mg)
- Zinc (2mg/13% of recommended daily amount)
- Fiber (3.9g/16% of recommended daily amount)
- Thiamin (.2mg/15% of recommended daily amount)
- Vitamin B6 (.2mg/11% of recommended daily amount)
- Phosphorous (179mg/18% of recommended daily amount)
- Protein (4.7g/11% of recommended daily amount for adult women)

*Source: Over 12 Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds and Sesame Oil. Mike Barrett (

Health Benefits of Sesame:

  • Diabetes Prevention – The presence of magnesium within sesame seeds and oil has been shown to effectively combat diabetes. A 2011 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that sesame oil improved the effectiveness of oral antidiabetic drugs in type 2 diabetes patients.
  • Promotion of Healthy Skin – Sesame is an outstanding source of zinc, which is essential in the production of collagen, which provides skin with its’ elasticity. Zinc also contributes to the repair of damaged body tissue.
  • Reduction of Blood Pressure – The natural oils of sesame seeds have been identified as contributing to a reduction in hypertension in a variety of research studies. A reduction in blood pressure through magnesium consumption, a primary vasodilator, is essential in the ongoing prevention of numerous cardiac conditions.
  • Promotion of Heart Health – Sesame seeds and sesame seed oil contain an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound known as sesamol, which boosts heart health by preventing amongst other conditions, atherosclerotic lesions.
  • Cancer Prevention – Sesame seeds contain anti-cancer compounds including magnesium, phytic acid and phytosterols. Sesame seeds have been specifically linked to the prevention of leukemia, breast, colon, lung, prostate and pancreatic cancers.
  • Bone Health – Sesame’s zinc, calcium and phosphorous are vital in the creation of new bone matter while strengthening and repairing bones weakened by injury or by the onset of conditions like osteoporosis. Did you know that a handful of sesame seeds contains more calcium than a glass of milk?**
  • Relief from Arthritis and Joint Pain – The copper contained in sesame is known for reducing pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Copper helps provide strength to blood vessels, bones and joints.
  • Prevention of Respiratory Health – Sesame’s magnesium content aids in the prevention of asthma and other respiratory disorders by limiting airway spasms.
  • Metabolic Function – The breakdown of the protein found in sesame seeds adds to overall strength, ongoing cellular growth, mobility and energy levels.
  • Helps Lower Cholesterol Levels – Sesame seeds contain the highest phytosterol content of all seeds and nuts. Phytosterols primary function is to block the production of cholesterol.
  • Suppression of Anxiety – Mineral (magnesium and calcium) and vitamin (thiamin and tryptophan) compounds within sesame help produce serotonin, which reduces pain, enhances mood and contributes to the ability to fall into a deep sleep.

**Source: 20 Huge Health Benefits of Sesame. Diana Herrington (

Pretty amazing, right? We’re proud to offer such a rich, yet accessible, affordable and appetizing source of essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

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Simply Sesame Snacks

Palm Oil Free

Simply Sesame is committed to practices that contribute to the health and longevity of our planet. We believe by doing so, we add value to our employees, customers and partners. One way we are making the planet a better place is by producing our products without the use of palm oil.

The oil palm tree is a tropical plant that grows best where rainforests thrive. It’s reported that every hour an area of 300 football fields are slashed-and-burned to make way for palm plantations.

The palm oil industry is one of the biggest threats to the indigenous people and animals that live and thrive in the world’s rainforests. Palm oil can be found in a wide variety of products, including: condiments and spreads, baked goods, snack foods, ice cream, instant noodles. chocolates, cookies, margarine, pizza dough, shampoo, cosmetics, cleaning agents, washing detergents and toothpaste. In Malaysia and Indonesia in particular, palm oil production has destroyed vast areas of rainforests and has left the indigenous people and animals displaced and impoverished.

Palm oil growers have now turned their attention to the rainforests of Central Africa where millions of acres and indigenous inhabitants of the region are imminently threatened.

* For even more about the threat that the palm oil agriculture presents to the world’s rainforests and their inhabitants, here are five facts that we’d like to share with you:

1.  Palm oil extraction heavily contributes to deforestation and climate change.

The palm oil industry plays a large role in human-induced climate change as palm oil plantations have cleared some of the world's most precious, carbon capturing forests. For instance, in 2009 nearly 30 percent of Indonesia’s reported carbon emissions were the result of deforestation.

Leveling forests not only impacts the climate, but poses a very immediate threat to endangered species that live in these tropical areas.

 2. Palm oil is driving Orangutans to extinction.

Scientists predict that the fragile orangutan population could become extinct within our lifetime if we continue to destroy their home and natural habitats for palm oil plantations.

In the past 10 years, the orangutan population of Sumatra and Borneo has decreased by over 20,000. This sharp decline coincides with a growing demand for palm oil in the U.S. Between 1990 and 2010, the average quantity of palm oil consumed in the United States increased by 2000 million pounds.

The Orangutan Conservancy estimates that orangutans have lost over 80 percent of their natural habitat in the last 20 years.

 3. Palm oil is driving other endangered species toward extinction as well.

Orangutans are not the only animals that are at risk of extinction. Only about 400 tigers are left on the island of Sumatra. In 1978, there were estimated to be 1000. Sumatran rhinos are also disappearing with population numbers equally less than 200. The expansion of palm oil has introduced humans into parts of the rainforest that had been untouched for hundreds of years. As more roads are built and protective trees are leveled, elephants are being targeted at higher percentages for ivory, another indirect consequence of the palm oil industry. It is estimated that only 2,500 elephants remain in Sumatra.

 4. Palm oil as an industry is riddled with human rights abuses.

Among the 3.7 million people who work in the palm oil industry, thousands are child laborers forced to work under inhumane conditions. According to a report in Business Week, many workers are pulled into the industry through debt bondage or taken by human traffickers. Congruently, traffickers who are caught face few sanctions from government or business authorities.

5. Palm oil's health benefits are negligible.

Palm oil is high in saturated fats. After trans fats were banned from snack foods, many companies began to use palm oil as a “healthy” alternative, however, palm oil is far from healthy. A study that followed people who ate a diet rich in palm oil for five weeks saw an increase in their LDL cholesterol levels – very similar to what occurs when people consume trans fats.

We hope you’ll think twice before buying products that are made with palm oil. As consumers, we have the power to drive change in the palm oil industry. Together, as one, we can make a difference and save the indigenous people and animals of the rainforest.


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