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Sesame can trigger the same allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, as seen with other food allergens.allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, as seen with other food allergens.[39] Sesame oil can also be an allergen source of the allergy-triggering proteins.[39] Prevalence is higher in people who have allergic reactions to other foods.[39] A cross-reactivity exists between sesame allergens and those of several other nuts or seeds, particularly peanuts.[39][40] As little as two sesame seeds, or one mg of sesame protein, may trigger allergic reactions in sesame-allergic individuals.[39] The onset of the symptoms may occur within 20 minutes after ingestion of a sesame seed product.[39] In addition to products derived from sesame, such as tahini and sesame oil, persons with sesame allergies are encouraged to avoid processed foods, including baked goods, tempeh, and generic "vegetable oil".[39][40][41] In addition to food sources, individuals allergic to sesame have been warned that a variety of non-food sources may also trigger a reaction to sesame, including adhesive bandages, cosmetics, hair-care products, perfumes, soaps and sunscreens, drugs, some fungicides and insecticides, lubricants, ointments and topical oils, and pet food.[41]

According to allergy experts, "standard skin and blood testing for food allergies [does not] predict whether a child has true sesame allergy."[42] A food challenge under the direction of a physician may be required to properly diagnose a se

According to allergy experts, "standard skin and blood testing for food allergies [does not] predict whether a child has true sesame allergy."[42] A food challenge under the direction of a physician may be required to properly diagnose a sesame allergy.[39][40][41]

Prevalence of sesame allergy varies per geographic region, such as the North American population having a prevalence of about 0.1%.[39] In the United States, sesame is the ninth most common allergen.[43][44][45] Although the US Food and Drug Administration issued a request for information to consider package labeling for sesame,[46] there was no change to identify sesame ingredients on US food labels, as of November 2019.[47]

Canada issued regulations to require food product labels to state the presence of sesame as an ingredient.[41] Sesame protein is one of the three most common allergens in Israel.[48] In the [41] Sesame protein is one of the three most common allergens in Israel.[48] In the European Union, identifying the presence of sesame either as an ingredient or unintended contaminant in packaged food is compulsory. The regulation (EC) 1169/2011 on food-labeling lists 14 allergens, including sesame, in packaged food must be clearly indicated on the label as part of the list of ingredients, using a distinctive typography (such as bold type or capital letters).[49]

In myths, the opening of the capsule releases the treasure of sesame seeds,[50] as applied in the story of "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" when the phrase "Open Sesame" magically opens a sealed cave. Upon ripening, sesame pods split, releasing a pop and possibly indicating the origin of this phrase.

Sesame seeds are used conceptually in Hindi literature, in the proverbs "til dharnay ki jagah na hona", meaning a place so crowded that no room remains for a single seed of sesame, and "in tilon mein teil nahee", referring to a person who appears to be useful, but is selfish when the time for need comes, literally meaning "no oil (is left)

Sesame seeds are used conceptually in Hindi literature, in the proverbs "til dharnay ki jagah na hona", meaning a place so crowded that no room remains for a single seed of sesame, and "in tilon mein teil nahee", referring to a person who appears to be useful, but is selfish when the time for need comes, literally meaning "no oil (is left) in this sesame."