Sesame is the small, flat, oil-rich seed of the Sesamum indicum plant. Sesame seeds are a common allergen.

Health considerations

Sesame oil is rich in Omega 6 fatty acids, but poor in Omega 3 fatty acids. The seeds are high in protein and a source of lignans, estrogen-like chemicals that act as antioxidants. Such lignans may also alter metabolism of fats within the body and improve triglyceride levels. See: Lignans, Sesame oil.

Keep in mind

Certain highly refined oils do not require listing of allergens as the protein content is likely minimal; however caution should be exercised based on severity of allergy. Labeling of sesame as an ingredient is not mandatory in all countries, and declaration of cross-contamination may not be mandatory even in countries that do require labeling of sesame as an ingredient.

May be found in

Baked goods, tempeh, vegetable oil, sauces, halvah, tahini


Whole Sesame Seed Is as Rich a Source of Mammalian Lignan Precursors as Whole Flaxseed
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

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