Sesame Seed Allergy
A sesame seed allergy is due to an immune system reaction after contact with or ingestion of sesame seed.
Is sesame a common allergy?
Allergies to sesame seed are becoming more common in the United States. In other countries, such as Israel, allergies to sesame are in the top 5 most common.
What foods contain sesame?
People allergic to sesame should avoid both the seed and oil. Sesame oil is a common ingredient in many foods so reading the label and asking a waiter to check the ingredients for the presence of sesame is recommended. The oil is also used in creating soaps and personal cosmetic creams, lip gloss, and other products.
Whole sesame seeds appear on crackers, buns, cookies, trail mix, pretzels, candy and bagels. Ground sesame can be used in cookies, hummus, tahini, granola bars, pretzels, and so on. Sesame seeds come in more than one color. Be sure to read the ingredients label and ask a clerk or waiter before purchasing food that may contain any variety of the seed.
If you suspect you have food allergies, see your doctor or allergist for testing and diagnosis. Knowing what foods to avoid and carrying emergency medicine like epinephrine, if needed, can save your life if you have a serious allergy.