Sesame Seeds

Clean Keto Ingredient

What are Sesame Seeds?

They are tiny, oil-rich seeds that grow in pods on the Sesamum indicum plant. Unhulled seeds have the outer, edible husk intact, while hulled seeds come without the husk. The hull gives the seeds a golden-brown hue. Hulled seeds have an off-white color but turn brown when roasted.

Keto Status?



Whole, natural, and very low carb (1 net carb / Tbsp). Also packed with vitamins and nutrients and linked to several health benefits:

  • May lower cholesterol
  • May lower triglycerides
  • May help lower blood pressure
  • May support healthy bones
  • May reduce inflammation
  • May aid blood cell formation
  • May aid in blood sugar control
  • May support your immune system
  • May reduce inflammation
  • May support thyroid health

Possible Side Effects From Ingesting Sesame Seeds?

Sesame Seeds contain plant chemicals known as phytoestrogens which are believed to mimic estrogen in the body. Since some types of cancer are estrogen-driven, research has been conducted to discover whether flaxseeds put some people at risk, although so far the results have been conflicting.
Although inconclusive, the following groups have been recommended to avoid flaxseeds:

  • Women with a history of ovarian, breast, or uterine cancer
  • Women who’ve experienced polycystic ovarian syndrome or endometriosis
  • Women on birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy
  • Women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene defect, as these defects result in a much higher likelihood of breast cancer
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women and adolescent women should limit their flaxseed intake to one or two times per week, rather than daily
  • Women with Lipoedema should avoid all phytoestrogens.

For more information on possible risks associated with phytoestrogens, follow this link:


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