Hulled vs. Unhulled Sesame Seeds: A Detailed Comparison

Hulled vs. Unhulled Sesame Seeds: A Detailed Comparison

Sesame seeds are often considered one of the healthiest foods in the world and rightfully so. These nutty, crunchy and buttery seeds are packed with a lot of nutrients and can prove to be amazing for your health. Not only are they included in many cuisines around the world but are available in many varieties as well. The two of the most commonly used sesame seed varieties include hulled sesame seeds and unhulled sesame seeds. There is often a comparison done between these two varieties and for your reference, we have brought a few of the main differences between the two.

Hulled sesame seeds are those kinds of sesame seeds from which the outer covering or hulls have been removed during the manufacturing process. On the other hand, unhulled sesame seeds are those which have their husk or hulls intact and not removed.

Macronutrients and calories
There isn’t a lot of difference between hulled and unhulled sesame seeds as far as the calories, protein, fat, and carbohydrates are concerned. Where on one hand, hulled sesame seeds consist of 51 calories, 1.5 grams protein, 2 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fat and 1.5 gram of fiber. On the other hand, unhulled sesame seeds consist of 52 calories, 2 grams of protein, 2 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fiber and 4 grams of fat.

Iron and calcium content
As far as the iron and calcium content is concerned, there is a huge amount of difference between the two varieties of sesame seeds. Where on one hand, 1 tablespoon of hulled sesame seeds consist of 0.7 milligrams of iron and 11 milligrams of calcium, unhulled sesame seeds consist of 1.3 milligrams of iron and 88 milligrams of calcium. This means that unhulled sesame seeds are a much better source of iron and calcium as compared to hulled ones.

It is a fact that 1 tablespoon of hulled sesame seeds consist of 8 micrograms of dietary folate and 6 units of Vitamin A. 1 tablespoon of unhulled sesame seeds on the other hand consist of 9 micrograms of dietary folate and 1 unit of Vitamin A. This means that there is a huge contrast in the amount of Vitamin A presence in both these varieties, hulled seeds proving to have more of it.

Other minerals
Like many other nutrients, there is a difference and contrast in the number of minerals present as well in the hulled and unhulled sesame seeds. 1 tablespoon of hulled sesame seeds consists of 66 milligrams of phosphorus, 29 milligrams of magnesium, 35 milligrams of potassium and 0.9 milligrams of zinc. On the other hand, the same quantity of unhulled sesame seeds consists of 57 milligrams of phosphorus, 32 milligrams of magnesium, 42 milligrams of potassium and 0.7 milligrams of zinc.

One of the seasoned sesame seeds exporters in India, HL Agro indulges in the bulk production of unhulled & hulled sesame seeds & make them export ready for global markets.


  • by Clive Posted September 7, 2016 6:16 pm

    Interesting article.

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  • by georg Posted March 17, 2018 1:20 am

    Bottom Line. The sesame seeds with the hulls (seed coats) are more healthful and nutritious than the ones without the hulls.

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