Sesame Allergies Are Likely More Widespread Than Previously Thought

Recent research shows that sesame allergies in the United States may be more widespread than initially thought.

Researchers from Northwestern Medicine and Lurie Children’s Hospital studied data from nearly 80,000 people. It was found that about .49% reported having an allergy to sesame. Of these .49%, about two-thirds (.34% of the U.S. population) either received a diagnosis from a doctor or had allergic reactions. The researchers are confident that over a million people in the U.S. have sesame allergies, based on their data.

The findings have been published in JAMA Network Open.

New research suggests allergies to sesame are comparably prevalent as those to some tree nuts. The findings come as the FDA weighs whether to require sesame to be listed as an allergen on food labels.

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