Sesame Allergies Now Rank in Top 10

Chart of Common Food Allergens

For some people, losing weight can be one of the most challenging experiences of their lives. This may especially be the case for people living with food allergies. While they wish to incorporate real, healthy foods such as fish, shellfish, nuts, seeds, and low-fat dairy products into their diets, they may not be able to do so.

According to Food Allergy Research and Education, more commonly known as FARE, an astounding 15 million Americans are estimated to have food allergies. Unfortunately, the number of people suffering from food allergies appears to be on the rise. But, no known reason for this increase has been identified. 

U.S. Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act

In 2004, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act was passed. This act requires manufactures to label foods containing any of the top eight, major allergens.

The Food and Drug Administration's eight (8) regulated allergens include:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Crustacean shellfish
  • Tree nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Wheat
  • Soybeans

When classifying food allergy culprits, some people don’t feel sesame garners enough FDA attention.

Common Cuisines Containing Sesame Products

In recent years, some people have been pushing to get sesame included on this important list. Right now, if you suspect you might possess a sesame allergy, you should research foods vigilantly and only consume items you know are safe. Some foods on supermarket shelves such as sesame seed breads, tahini, and sesame seed oil contain sesame as an ingredient on their labels. Sesame oil is often used in:

  • Middle Eastern cuisine
  • Asian dishes
  • Salad dressings
  • Marinades
  • Granola bars
  • Hummus

This versatile oil is also utilized in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products.

Sesame Allergy Symptoms

When an allergic person comes into contact with sesame, he or she may experience a variety of dangerous symptoms including:

  • Breathing problems
  • Coughing
  • Low pulse rate
  • Stomach pain
  • Hives
  • A flushed face
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • An itching sensation inside of the mouth

When experiencing an allergic reaction to sesame, seeking prompt, medical care is vital. If you’re interested in learning more about food allergies or discovering recipes that don’t require sesame, consider making an appointment with a consultant at a Metabolic Research Center near you.


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