Friday Feature: Taiwan Black Sesame Cereal

Sorry this post is a little late – I am almost done submitting the text of my guidebook to my designer and my recipe gurus Anthony and Ignatius are pulling together some awesome local, simple and healthy recipes for the book.  Will keep you posted.

In the meantime, I became mildly addicted to this stuff last week.  First, you have to really like the taste of black sesame, which I definitely do.  In fact, I think I like it more than chocolate, which I know is weird but I find those gooey glutinous rice things with black sesame really satisfying.  Anyway, if you like black sesame without too much sugar, and some really good stuff thrown in, I recommend giving this stuff a try.  Its like instant oatmal, minus those weird faux apple pieces.


So, why is black sesame so good for you?  According to Western medicine, you can count on it as a good source of minerals calcium (bone health) and magnesium (helps regulate blood pressure), as well as copper (anti-inflammatory) and zinc (boosts immunity).  Its also a good source of phytosterols, which help lower blood cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of developing certain kids of cancer.  The TCM folks also support it for reinforcing blood, improving eye sight, acting as a laxative, promoting milk production in lactating mamas, promoting hair growth and preventing aging.  I also read that it stops graying of the hair.  I can not attest to that.

So, back to my cereal situation – this product not only has black sesame, it also contains cashew nuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, brown rice, barley, buckwheat, oats, millet, lotus seeds, gorgon fruit and red job’s tears.  These Taiwanese health food manufacturers don’t mess around.  That is some serious nutrition.   They also add some sugar so its pretty tasty, although, they claim, it contains only 170 calories for one packet.  One of my girls liked it mixed with plain oatmeal, the other wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole.  I finished the rest of the box and would probably buy it again, available at City Shop and anywhere else Taiwanese health food products are sold.

What’s up next?  Green tea pumpkin seeds…