Fact sheetDiet specifications

Published on 1 Nov 2011

Allergy diet - sesame free

This document is part of the ACI Diet Specifications for Adult Inpatients. It is not to be used for patient education.


To provide a diet that eliminates sesame seeds and their products.


Avoids all traces of sesame seeds, sesame products (such as tahini), and foods processed on equipment used to process sesame seeds.


Diagnosed allergy to sesame seeds.

Nutritional adequacy

Nutritionally adequate


Reactions to sesame may be severe, so the labels of all packaged foods must be checked carefully . It is not possible to provide a full list of all permitted commercial products; the following are general guidelines only. Sesame-based ingredients (eg sesame seeds, flour and paste) are used in many commercial products, especially breads, biscuits, bakery items, dips, sauces and condiments. The following ingredients indicate the likely presence of sesame: benne, benniseed, gingelly seeds, sesame seed, sesarmol, sesomolina, sim sim, tahina, tahini and til. Particular care is needed in food handling and preparation to avoid cross-contamination.

All packaged food with sesame ingredients must carry a mandatory warning statement under Standard 1.2.3 of the Food Standards Code. Products with advisory statements that they may contain sesame are not suitable for use with this diet


Suitable for use in paediatrics when combined with an age-appropriate diet.

Specific menu planning guidelines

Allowed Not allowed
Hot main dishesAll others, including plain cooked beef, lamb, pork, poultry, fish and eggsAny dishes including sesame, or made with tahini
Sauces, graviesOthers – check labelSatay and Asian sauces
Starchy vegetables / pasta / riceAll-
SoupsOthers – check labelAsian soups with sesame
SandwichesAll othersTahini
Salads, dressingsOthers – check label

Any dressings with sesame

Tahini, hummus

Breads, cereals

Sesame-free bread only

Rice, oats, pasta and noodles

Most other plain breakfast cereals

Breads with sesame seeds

Mueslis and breakfast cereals with nuts

SpreadsButter, margarine, jam, honeyTahini, hummus
Hot breakfast choicesAll-
DessertsOthers – check labelHalva
Milk and cheeseAll-
BiscuitsAll other nut-free biscuitsAny biscuits with sesame ingredients
Miscellaneous-Pretzels, marinades


  1. American Dietetic Association. Nutrition care manual. Chicago: ADA; 2009. [accessed 17 March 2010];
  2. Anaphylaxis Australia. Allergen cards. 2007.
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