More on how I stay fit and healthy at 78: I don’t always have Gomasio (American brand and spelling) in my home. Yet, I am convinced that this Japanese condiment adds to my health and helps create a varied and therefore healthier diet. Gomashio is almost always on macrobiotic tables. I have noticed that when Gomasio and/or tahini are missing in my diet, I crave sesame seed candy. So, tahini and this condiment are generally in my diet to stop that craving that overtakes me.
It contains sesame seeds, sea salt and seaweed. The sesame seeds add minerals to the diet: copper, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc and selenium. The sea salt leaves the trace minerals of ocean water intact. The seaweed adds iodine, potassium, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, folic acid, plus more magnesium, calcium and iron. That’s a lot of nutrition in a couple of shakes on my salads and veggies. Plus both sesame seeds and seaweed contain lignans which have been proven to lower cholesterol.
Here is a description of Gomashio from Google: “The sesame salt stimulates the digestive system and aids digestion as it helps to better assimilate the food we eat. The gomashio provides a lot of nutrients…, it is considered the quintessential remineralizing seasoning.”
You can’t find Gomasio in a normal grocery store or Trader Joe’s. You can find it stashed with the macrobiotic food stuffs in your local health food store.