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Organic Black Sesame Seed
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In traditional Chinese medicine, black sesame seeds have sweet and neutral properties and are associated with the kidney and liver meridians. They function to tonify yin jing and blood, moisten the intestines, and help build the spirit or shen.
- Organic, Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Keto-Friendly and Kosher.
- Our black sesame seeds are the entire raw seed, including the shell. Because our seeds have their shells, they're crunchier and have a stronger flavor. They also deliver unsaturated fatty acids and more lignans, including a unique content of sesamin, which are phytoestrogens with antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Sesame seeds also contain phytosterols which are associated with reduced levels of blood cholesterol.
- Macrominerals like calcium and magnesium can be good for your health, and trace minerals like iron, copper, and manganese are important for regulating your metabolism. Our seeds are fresh and packed with goodness. Black sesame seeds are a great source of calcium. One gram of seeds contains approximately 85 milligrams of calcium.
- The seeds also contain vitamin B1 (thiamine) and vitamin E (tocopherol).
- In some cases, black sesame seeds are used to help patients recover from serious illnesses and fevers, treat constipation and promote regular bowel movements. Some practitioners recommend using black sesame seeds with polygonum to keep a person's hair looking rich and dark.
- The nutrients of sesame seeds are better absorbed if they are ground or pulverized before consumption, like with tahini.
- Black sesame seeds have a slightly sweet and nutty flavor, and the aroma can be enhanced by lightly heating.
- They can be added to your favorite granolas, yogurts, energy bars, crackers, soups, sauces, dips, or breads.
- You can make your own hummus, use them when baking, and they're great on salads!
Black sesame seed (whole entire seed)*
Shelf Life: 2 years
Country of Origin: Mexico, Bolivia, Paraguay, or India
Are your black sesame seeds the whole entire seed or the inside of the seed only?
Our black sesame seeds are the entire raw seed. This includes the shell.
Are your black sesame seeds painted black or are any other substances added to make it look darker?
No. There are several variables that cause the seeds to look unique or different with each crop/season in which they're harvested. Our supplier runs the black sesame seeds through a machine called a Color Sortex Machine that sorts the seeds for consistent size and color and removes all impurities. We receive a certificate of analysis for each batch of black sesame seeds that shows it's safe to consume. Before we purchase each batch of black sesame seeds, we receive a sample and test it to make sure it sprouts and then we press it into oil and check the taste of the oil. It must pass all of these tests before we choose a batch of black sesame seeds.
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Returns, Refunds, Replacements
We accept returns for any reason on products bought directly from our website for up to 30-days after receipt. We will refund your purchase price, less return shipping charges, if you use our return label. We can not accept return requests after 30-days.
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Once we receive your returned product and it has been inspected, a credit via the original method of payment will be processed within 7 – 10 business days.
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Warning: Cancer and Reproductive Harm – www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/food. - For more info visit foodsalive.com/prop65
Foods Alive takes food safety very seriously. All foods that are grown in nature contain trace levels of naturally occurring elements/minerals such as lead and cadmium, which are naturally present in all soils because they are found in the Earth’s crust. Because these minerals, including cadmium and lead, are present naturally in the soil, they are absorbed by plants through their roots along with other nutrients. As a result, there may be unavoidable traces occurring in virtually all foods, including fish, meats, grains, fruits and vegetables.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other health authorities have determined that tiny traces of naturally occurring minerals in foods are unavoidable and do not present a public health risk, threat of injury, or need for warnings. The FDA regularly monitors the amount of cadmium and lead in food and we ensure that our products safely pass any FDA regulations.
*Contaminants are often expressed in micrograms (mcg). When considering the levels of naturally occurring elements such as lead or cadmium found in food, it is helpful to put these units of measurement into perspective. How much is a Microgram (mcg)? A microgram is one/one-millionth of a gram. To put this unit into perspective, a penny weighs 2 grams. To get a microgram, you would need to divide the penny into 2 million pieces. A microgram is one of those two million pieces.
California law contains what is known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, also referred to as Proposition 65 (“Prop 65”). Prop 65 is a unique, California-only “right to know” law that requires products sold in California to bear warning notices about potential exposure to any of the over 800 substances (click here for the full list) listed by the state. Prop 65’s warning standards are uniquely low and not safety-based. As a practical matter, Prop 65 warnings are required for any product (food or non-food) that exposes an individual in California to virtually any detectable amount of a listed chemical.
Prop 65 does not ban any products from sale in California; it simply requires warnings about the listed chemical contained in the product. No other state has a law similar to Proposition 65, which requires warnings for listed chemicals contained in products at levels that are far below levels known to cause any actual harm, or that are regulated by the FDA or other federal law. Proposition 65 regulates substances officially listed by California as having a 1 in 100,000 chance of causing cancer or birth defects over a 70-year period.
Trace amounts of lead, cadmium, and other metals and chemicals listed under California’s Proposition 65 are found in some of even the most carefully selected and sourced ingredients contained in Foods Alive products. Lead, as an example, is a naturally occurring element that is found throughout the entire environment, including in soils where it can be taken up by natural plants and herbs all over the world. None of these elements are added by farmers or by Foods Alive. We follow good manufacturing practices throughout our supply chain to minimize or eliminate any contamination.
Source: US Food and Drug Administration, Total Diet Study Market Baskets 2006 through 2011
Rather than face more unscrupulous lawsuits, Foods Alive prefers to comply with Prop 65 by: (1) providing warnings where there are detectable levels of trace amounts of listed chemicals; or (2) limiting the serving size for California residents to avoid any warning requirement; or (3) placing the Prop 65 warning on all of our products. We strongly believe that any minute levels of the chemicals listed by Prop 65 in its products should be exempted under the “naturally occurring allowance” exception.
Why are there Prop 65 warning labels on so many products in California?
Prop 65 has a “citizen-suit” provision meant to pay for itself and not require funding from the legislature. To add incentive to California citizens to police Prop 65, when a citizen (or private enforcer) brings a lawsuit against a company, they are awarded a payment equal to 25% of the Civic Penalty settlement imposed on the manufacturer.
These individuals and law firms may not have to prove that they have been injured in any way by whatever violation of the Prop 65 they are claiming. Prop 65 allows lawyers and individuals to bring suits against companies and put the burden of truth on the manufacturer. Due to the high costs of litigation, most of these lawsuits settle out of court and never make it to trial. In 2016, businesses paid $30.1 million in Prop 65 settlement payments. Of that total, 72% ($21.5 million) went to attorney’s fees.
Example settlement of $100,000: Approximately $72,000 would go to attorney fees and $28,000 would go towards the Civic Penalty. Of that $28,000 Civic Penalty, $7,000 would go to the private individual filing the lawsuit and $21,000 would go to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. You can view the 2016 Prop 65 Settlement Summary here.
Will there be any changes to prevent unnecessary Prop 65 lawsuits?
Governor Brown Proposes to Reform Proposition 65: On May 7, 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. proposed reforms to strengthen and restore the intent of Proposition 65, a three-decade-old law enacted to protect Californians from harmful chemicals, that has been abused by some unscrupulous lawyers driven by profit rather than public health. Read more about this here.
To learn more visit California's Prop 65 website for additional information.
The products and claims made about specific products on this website have not been evaluated by the USDA and are not approved to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician. Before undertaking any change in lifestyle or diet, we urge you to seek the guidance and services of qualified, licensed health professionals.