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Danger of Sesame Seeds

Updated April 17, 2017

Sesame seeds are a nutrient-rich food whose versatility make them perfect for a wide variety of culinary uses. Despite these positives, there are some serious potential drawbacks to their general use and excessive consumption. Sesame seed allergies, high-calorie and saturated fat content can are dangers that can cause new health problems and exacerbate existing ones.

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Because sesame seed products are so prevalent in restaurants and processed bread, people with allergies must be diligent about requesting sesame-free products. Sesame seed allergic reactions can result in anaphylaxis in the most extreme cases.

Excessive Caloric Intake

Sesame seeds are dense and calorie rich. They contain 590 calories per 100g serving, which is about a handful of ground or whole seeds. Despite their light weight, you must be careful not to incorporate too much sesame seed -- either whole or ground -- into your meals, as they can cause an unexpected spike in daily caloric intake.

Saturated Fat

Sesame seeds also contain 55g of fat per 100g serving. Of these 55g, 8g is saturated fat, accounting for 80 and 40 per cent of your Food and Drug Administration recommended daily intake respectively. Keep sesame seeds' fat content in mind when cooking, baking and garnishing your food.


People with diverticulitis or diverticulosis should avoid eating breads or other foods prepared with sesame seeds. Sesame seeds, as with other seeds, will exacerbate the symptoms of diverticulitis and possibly causing a need for surgical intervention.

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Stephen A. Powell is a tenured, versatile music writer based in New York. After honing his skills at St. John's University and City College (CUNY), Powell took his writing and media development services to XXL Magazine, SiTV and One Networks among other media outlets. Powell's love of language arts and desire to help others realize their full creative potential are pervasive throughout his work.

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