Makar Sankranti, also known as Makara Sankranti, is a Hindu festival that has been observed according to solar cycles. This year, the festival falls on 14 January, 2019, marking the first day of Sun’s transit into the Makara. It also marks the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days. Like any other Indian festivals, Makar Sankranti would be incomplete without some delicious traditional sweets, and one such is sesame seeds sweet balls or til ke laddu (or ladoo) in Hindi.
It is claimed that sesame seeds have numerous health benefits – from preventing cancer to boosting metabolic function and aiding weight loss. This Makar Sankranti, try preparing this Indian dessert made of sesame seeds aka til ke laddu. Here are some amazing health benefits of sesame seeds.
Lowers cholesterol: Sesame seeds are also an excellent source of lignans, a type of polyphenol that has been shown to improve lipid profiles and normalise cholesterol levels.
Improves digestion: Sesame seeds are packed full of fibre, an essential element for healthy digestion and preventing conditions like constipation and diarrhoea.
Reduces blood pressure: Components like magnesium in sesame seeds can help maintain insulin and glucose levels, reduce high blood pressure.
Prevents cancer: One study published in Cancer Biotherapy & Radiopharmaceuticals journal suggested that sesamol, one of the organic compounds in sesame seeds, can help protect DNA from the harmful effects of radiation.
Healthy skin and hair: Zinc, a vital component in the formation of collagen, in sesame seeds strengthens the skin, muscle tissue and hair.