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Sesame seeds

What are sesame seeds?

About the ingredient sesame seeds. Including 625 recipes with sesame seeds, nutrition data, and where to find it.



Sesame seeds are sometimes added to breads, including bagels and the tops of hamburger buns.

Sesame seeds may be baked into crackers, often in the form of sticks. Sesame seeds are also sprinkled onto some sushi style foods.

Whole seeds are found in many salads and baked snacks as well in Japan.

The seeds are exceptionally rich in iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, and calcium (90 mg per tablespoon for un-hulled seeds, 10 mg for hulled), and contain vitamin B (thiamine) and vitamin E.

The nutrients of sesame seeds are better absorbed if they are ground or pulverized before consumption, as in tahini. Sesame seeds contain a high amount of the anti-nutrient phytic acid.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (144g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 825Calories from Fat 643
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 71.5g 110%
Saturated Fat 10.0g 50%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 33.8g 11%
Dietary Fiber 17g 68%
Sugars 0.4
Protein 25.5g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 140% Iron 116%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Sesame seeds are usually found in the asian section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Sesame seeds are a member of the Nut and Seed Products US Department of Agriculture nutritional food group.

How much do sesame seeds weigh?

Measure Grams
1 cup 144
1 tbsp 9

In Chinese:芝麻
British (UK) term: Sesame seeds
en français:graines de sésame
en español:semillas de sésamo

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