Opening up to Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds (Sesamum indicum) are the best-known members of the Pedaliaceae family. Sesame seeds likely originated in Africa. They were used to make oil and wine by 3000 BC in the Middle East. Shortly thereafter, the Chinese were using the oil for fuel and the resulting soot for making ink. Sesame seeds were a highly prized oil […]

Eating for Happiness

Happiness centers around several important neurotransmitters: serotonin, dopamaine, endorphins, phenylethylamine, and anandamide. Serotonin is popularly known as the “feel-good hormone,” or your body’s own natural tranquilizer, hence the happiness factor. This is the neurotransmitter that antidepressants target in order to boost overall happiness levels. Up to 90 percent of your body’s total serotonin is located in your gut, […]

Brazil Nut

Planting the Seeds of Change

While legumes and grains are seeds, they have different nutritional profiles than the foods we traditionally think of as edible seeds, such as Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds. Seeds have been an important food source throughout history. About 10,000 years ago, humans harvested seeds, which may have spurred the development of agriculture. Seeds ripened […]