5 Times More Americans Are Allergic To Sesame Seeds Than Thought

August 14, 2019

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More Americans may be allergic to sesame than previously believed, a new study finds. As many as 1.5 million US children and adults have a sesame allergy, which is five times higher than the number of Americans that was suggested in previous research.  Among those with a 'convincing allergy to sesame' - defined as experiencing at least one common symptom such as hives or wheezing, more than 62 percent said they'd been prescribed epinephrine. However, sesame is not required by law to be included on ingredients labels like peanuts and dairy. Current FDA regulations only require foods to label eight allergens to warn of potential allergic reactions. While eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts and wheat come with warnings, sesame seeds only have to be listed as "natural flavors," "spices" or not even at all. Additionally, many people don't know that seeing 'tahini' on a food label, means sesame is one of the ingredients. You should contact your doctor if you notice a reaction to certain foods without reason to see if you are one of the 1.5 million Americans allergic to sesame seeds. Thanks to this and other reports, the FDA is considering adding regulations to list sesame seed warnings on food packaging.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail

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