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A strongly-flavoured oil, made from sesame seeds.
Seeds are roasted before being pressed - this can be under heat, but the best oils are cold-pressed.
The oil is high in polyunstaturates (most having only 15 per cent saturated fat) and cholesterol free. From a culinary point of view, it's popular in the cooking of the Far East, but care must be taken to use it in moderation, as it's strong flavoured, a hint often being enough.
Sesame oil is also a good skin tonic, having softening and smoothing effects and lightening or even removing 'age spots' and helping to alleviate acne.
It also neutralises free radicals which build-up under the skin from exposure to the sun.
Try to buy cold-pressed and'or organic oils to have the full benefits of flavour and nutrients. See 'Alternative Medicine'; 'Free Radicals'