Gomasio | great seasoning, great flavour, Great Gomasio

healthy living Jun 13, 2018

I suggest that you toss your regular iodized salt and make up some of this great-tasting seasoning instead. Of all the people on earth, the Japanese live the longest. Gomasio is what they grace their tables with, rather than the white sodium chloride we sprinkle on our food every day. With gomasio, you can reduce sodium while adding calcium, magnesium, iron, protein and fibre to your next meal!

Gomasio is made by lightly grinding dry-roasted sesame seeds with sea salt. You can purchase it prepared from health food stores, though it's also easy to make – fresh-roasting your own sesame seeds ensures the healthy oils are preserved, providing you with the best nutrition.

5 health benefits of Sesame Seeds

1. Sesame Seeds are great for high blood pressure.

Sesame Seeds contain sesamin and sesamolin, substances that are part of a group of fibres, called lignans, believed to prevent high blood pressure and protect the liver against damage.1

2. Sesame Seeds are good for your heart.

Sesame Seeds are a good source of Vitamin E that can help protect the heart.2

3. Sesame Seeds are an excellent source of calcium.

One half-cup of Sesame Seeds contains more than twice the amount of calcium (700 mg) than a half-cup of whole milk.3

4. Sesame Seeds help to support your immune system.

One of the greatest health benefits of Sesame Seeds is that it is high in phytosterols. These compounds can lower LDL cholesterol, improve heart health and balance the immune system. Sesame Seeds have one of the highest phytosterol content of common foods (400-413 mg per100g).4

5. Sesame Seeds support lung function.

Black Sesame Seeds are a traditional medicinal food used by patients to recover from lung infections and fever. The seeds replenish the body’s essential minerals lost during illness. Black Sesame Seeds are high in calcium, iron, copper, magnesium and phosphorus. These minerals help to support the circulatory, immune and nervous system.3

How to make Great Gomasio

  • 1/2 cup raw, unhealed sesame seeds (any colour - black, white, brown, red, yellow, tan, ivory, etc.)
  • 1 tsp pink rock or grey sea salt
  1. Place seeds in a clean, dry frying pan and toast on low heat, stirring often, until warmed gently (10-12 minutes). The longer, lower-temp toasting will result in more even heat distribution that reduces damage to the oils in the seeds.
  2. Allow the seeds to cool for about 10 minutes, then place in a small electric grinder with the salt and pulse a few times until most of the seeds are cracked open. Be careful not to grind into a flour consistency; you want some of the texture of the seed to remain. If you don’t own a coffee/spice grinder, grinding it by hand with a Japanese mortar and pestle works well.
Makes 1/2 cup.


  1. Saiko Ikeda, Tomoko Tohyama, and Kanae Yamashita: “Dietary Sesame Seed and Its Lignans Inhibit 2,7,8-Trimethyl- 2(2′-carboxyethyl)-6-hydroxychroman Excretion into Urine of Rats Fed γ-Tocopherol.” J. Nutr. May 1, 2002 vol. 132 no. 5 961-966
  2. Suna Kalendee, Yusuf Kalender, Ayşe Ogutcu, Meltem Uzunhisarciklb, Dilek Durak, Fatma Açikgo: “Endosulfan-induced cardiotoxicity and free radical metabolism in rats: the protective effect of vitamin E.” Toxicology, Volume 202, Issue 3, 1 October 2004, Pages 227–235
  3. nutritiondata.self.com : “Seeds, sesame seeds, whole, dried.
  4. E. Ryan, K. Galvin, T. P. O’Connor, A. R. Maguire, N. M. O’Brien: “Phytosterol, Squalene, Tocopherol Content and Fatty Acid Profile of Selected Seeds, Grains, and Legumes.” Plant Foods for Human Nutrition September 2007, Volume 62, Issue 3, pp 85-91



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