Sesame seeds, commonly known as ‘til‘ in Hindi are widely known for their health benefits and culinary applications.
The seeds are loaded with a variety of nutrients. These tiny oval seeds with a nutty flavor, are generously used in various types of cuisines. But, do you know that this versatile food item has many side effects?
Let us talk about the 10 most common side effects of sesame seeds that you should be aware of:
1. Unhealthy Body Weight:
These lightweight sesame seeds are densely packed with calories and saturated fat. A 100 gm serving of sesame seeds, which is only a handful of the whole or ground kernels, contains 590 calories. The same serving also provides 8 gm of saturated fat, which is around 40% of our recommended daily intake. So, incorporating sesame seeds in your regular diet can make you gain unhealthy body weight
2. Colon Cancer:
Regular consumption of sesame seeds in excess amount can take a toll on your colon. Researchers have found that eating more than 15 ng (nanograms) sesame seeds a day can inflame your colon, which result into fatal diseases like colon cancer. This is one of the most dangerous sesame seed side effects as it can lead to death (2).
Sesame seeds can affect your colon health by causing diverticulitis. It is a certain medical condition, which forms extremely painful ‘pouches’ in the inner wall of the colon. It causes cramping, abdominal pain, constipation, and so on. So, try to regulate your sesame seed intake to discard surgical intervention (3).
4. Allergic Reactions:
Allergy is another common side effect of sesame seed intake. Be it whole seeds used in your regular dishes or the oil extracted from them, chances are high that you will develop different types of allergies (like digestive issues, eye inflammation, runny nose, asthma, etc.) if you are sensitive to sesame. So, stay completely away from the seeds in such a situation.
Anaphylaxis is the extreme case of allergy caused by sesame seed consumption. The whole body gets affected by this intense and rapid allergic reaction. It mainly causes wheezing, hypotension, chest tightness, etc. and gradually blocks the throat and airway of the person. As a result, he or she starts suffering from suffocation, which might even lead to death .
6. Appendix Infection:
Well, it is not very common, but some people may become the victim of appendix infection by eating excessive sesame seeds. Sometimes, a few of the consumed seeds may get stuck in the organ which, in due course, may result in mild to serious infections .
According to scientists, sesame seeds hold great laxative properties. It means, consumption of more than the recommended daily intake of these kernels can cause loose stool, and sometimes even diarrhea. So, try to stay within a limit while using sesame in your meals .
8. Skin Rashes:
Sesame seeds may also have some adverse effects on your skin. If you eat too much of them in your food or use products containing good amounts of sesame seed oil, you might end up developing skin rashes along with itching and redness .
9. Hair Loss:
Many of us make use of black sesame seeds for ensuring the optimal health of our hair. But, the overdose of these kernels can reverse the results totally. It causes hormonal imbalance, which makes the scalp oily and dries up the hair follicles. Consequently, the rate of hair fall goes up to a large extent. It may even result in complete baldness .
It is believed that eating sesame seeds during the first trimester of pregnancy is bad for health. It sometimes may lead to miscarriage .
Hope this article on sesame seeds side effects was informative and will help you take well-informed decisions about the use of sesame seeds in your food.