All About Edible Seeds & Their Impact On Your Health
Earlier, people had good flesh, strong bones, and healthy heart but now due to adulteration of foods the quality degraded and so does the body. Apart from this, it’s difficult to maintain a good diet when you see burgers and pizzas floating around in front of your face and when it comes to vegetarians maintaining all nutrients in their diet so it’s like watching pigs fly. To cook delicious and nutritious food is yet a herculean task. And there comes a wide range of delicacies made out of seeds.
Question is why seeds? We have an entire range of products then why choose something which is not even fully grown? So the answer is once seen as a delicacy to be eaten only on certain occasions, edible seeds are spreading into the culinary culture not only as a fine ingredient but also as nutrient-packed food. They are easily available and fulfill one’s desire of having appropriate nutrients.
So here is a list of edible seeds and their benefits:
Hemp seeds are truly a superfood, as they are packed with an impressive list of nutritional attributes. Perfectly balanced with a three to one omega-6 to omega-3 oil ratio, they are also an excellent source of gamma linoleic and containing 10 essential amino acids, hemp seeds are composed of over thirty percent pure protein, making them an excellent daily protein source. They are also composed of 40 percent fibre, the highest amount of any grain on earth! Also containing disease-fighting phytosterols, studies show that hemp seeds, or even hemp milk, support heart health and can provide nutritional support against many unpleasant diseases.
The perfect phytochemical-rich seed for those of us looking to lose weight, as they promote healthy digestion and increase fibre intake. Sunflower seeds are also extremely rich in folate, a very important nutrient for women. They are packed full of good fats, antioxidant-rich Vitamin E , selenium and copper, all crucial elements in supporting heart health and balancing troublesome cellular damage.
Sesame seeds are very high in calcium, magnesium, zinc, fibre, iron, B1 and phosphorus, sesame seeds are unique in their chemical structure. Possessing important cholesterol-fighting fibres known as lignans, studies show that these seeds can lower blood pressure, as well as protect the liver from damage. Sesame seeds also may help prevent many health problems, including PMS.
Seeds are high in a form of antioxidant known as carotenoids, a special plant derivative that enhances immune activity and disease-fighting capacities. These seeds are also high in omega-3 fatty acids and zinc, two important nutrients that may play a role in supporting skeletal health. Finally, pumpkin seed is high in phytosterols, plant components that aid in keeping stable levels of cholesterol and an enhanced immune response.
Yes, just like the seeds you used for sprouting your Chia pet, these seeds are from the mint family. Extremely tiny, yet extremely potent, these small seeds are packed full of fibre, protein, nutrient oils, various antioxidants and even calcium. Studies show that chia seeds stabilize the blood sugar, promote heart health, as well as increase weight loss. These amazing little seeds are an excellent source of high-quality fats, as they are made up of a whopping 34% pure omega-3 oils.
Pomegranate seeds are small red “jewels” called arils. These arils have lots of fibre and 40% of your daily requirement of vitamin C. They also contain heart-healthy antioxidants called polyphenols, including flavonoids, tannins, and anthocyanins. Pomegranate seeds make a sweet and juicy low-calorie snack. Try them tossed in salads, mixed into yogurt, or made into jelly.
Quinoa has a remarkably high protein content (15%, or 8 grams per cup), along with amino acids, and vitamin E. It also contains an antioxidant called quercetin. This nutty-flavoured seed can be substituted in grain dishes in place of rice or pasta. Quinoa also makes a healthy gluten-free breading and can be eaten for breakfast instead of oatmeal.
Flaxseed is packed with nutrients. Just two tablespoons of flaxseed contain 6 grams of fibre and 4 grams of protein. It is also rich in alpha-linolenic acid, a type of omega-3 fatty acid. Some studies suggest flaxseed consumption helps improve cardiovascular health. Flaxseed also contains lignans, which may help protect the body from cancer. Adding flaxseed to your diet is easy. Bake it into muffins. Mix it in salads, yogurt, smoothies, cereal, and soups. Ground flaxseed can even be used as an egg substitute.
Try adding these tiny seeds in your diet and you would see miraculous results. Hope this nutritional landscape adds value to your health!