Sesame seeds are tiny, oil-rich seeds that grow in pods on the Sesamum indicum plant. Natural sesame seed is an important nutritional additive to salads and dressings. It is widely used to decorate bakery products such as bread, breadsticks, cookies and candies and as a garnish on pasta and vegetables. It is also used in curry dishes.
Regularly eating sesame seeds may help decrease high cholesterol and triglycerides which are risk factors for heart disease. Sesame seeds are high in magnesium, which may help lower blood pressure.