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Calories in One Tablespoon of Sesame Seeds

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Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.
Calories in One Tablespoon of Sesame Seeds
A spoonful of sesame seeds on a table. Photo Credit: Amarita/iStock/Getty Images

You don't have to look far at the bakery to notice sesame seeds. These seeds provide visual appeal and a little extra nutrition to baked goods such as rolls, multi-grain bread and bagels. Buying bulk sesame seeds at the supermarket, however, gives you the freedom to add these tiny white or black seeds to stir-fry and vegetable dishes.

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High in Calories and Calcium

One tablespoon of sesame seeds has 52 calories, 4.5 grams of fat and 2.1 grams of carbohydrates, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sesame seeds are notably high in calcium, with 88 milligrams of calcium per tablespoon. It's also possible to enjoy sesame seeds in the form of tahini, which is a butter-like paste made from the seeds. One tablespoon of tahini, notes the USDA, has 89 calories, 8.1 grams of fat, 3.2 grams of carbs and 64 milligrams of calcium.

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