survival of their species. Every flower or fruit produced by the plant
is packed with seeds. Some seeds are microscopic, like the seed of the
orchid, so small that it looks like dust. Others are gigantic such as
the seed of a palm tree native to the Seychelles that can grow up to
twelve inches long and weigh as much as forty pounds.
their size differences, all of these seeds have something in common;
they are packed with nutrition. Nature has no idea what type of soil or
nutrients will be available externally.
To give each seed the best
fighting chance when conditions are favorable for germination, the plant
packs it with a variety of essential nutrients that can sustain the
young sprout until its roots are capable of extracting nutrients from
A wide variety of these seeds is edible and they add
nutrition, flavors and new textures into our regular diets. They can
also be great replacements for products that are sources of allergies,
as in some nuts, and those that are far less nutritious, as in wheat
Add a few seeds to your diet every day or as a snack and
you’ll gain valuable vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fatty
acids to your diet. Choose raw natural seeds to get the biggest bang for
your buck. Roasting breaks down many essential nutrients and may even
produce substances that are toxic to your system.
This also applies to
seeds that are coated with sugar, no matter how tempting those
chocolate-coated sunflower seeds may be.
Many of these seeds can
be thrown into a salad to add texture and nutrition, others can be used
to make a seed butter, similar to almond butter and they can be eaten as
a nutrient-packed snack between meals.
You can also find a recipe for a
multi-seed cracker that is simple to make and a highly nutritious
replacement for wheat crackers. Add seeds to yoghurt smoothies and hot
oatmeal breakfasts for a power-packed start to the day. All of these
seeds are also excellent sources of fiber, which is often lacking in
Adding a variety of seeds to your regular diet can boost
your brain health and your immune system and help to protect you from
diseases including diabetes and heart disease.
A few commonly
available seeds are worth noting. First among these is the diminutive
The chia seed is no longer the brunt of jokes from its Chia
Pet fame. This little seed is loaded with protein, antioxidants, iron,
calcium, vitamin C and omega-3 oil. Next comes hemp seed, which may be
the richest source of essentially fatty acids available of any known
food substance, including fish.
The fatty acids in hemp seeds are
provided in a form that is readily available to the body and similar to
the form found in the body itself. It also includes all nine of the
essential amino acids required by our bodies for optimal health.
seeds are often used in weight loss diet plans to improve digestion by
adding fiber and suppressing the appetite
. The fatty acids in flax are
also known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Pumpkins seeds are
gaining in popularity because they produce alkaline rather than acidic
material in your body. Pumpkin seeds also supply a lot of protein and
vitamin B complex nutrients. Pumpkin seeds are rich in tryptophan, an
essential amino acid that helps to keep your mood balanced.
seeds are rich in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that supports
healthy cells. Sunflower seeds also provide magnesium and they are
believed to help lower cholesterol. Finally, sesame seeds are mineral
powerhouses, loaded with manganese, copper, calcium, zinc, iron and
They also provide vitamin B1 and are believed to have
positive effects on lowering cholesterol.
The list of edible seeds
is quite long and the flavors and textures are just as varied.
for them in your local supermarket and have fun adding them to your
favorite dishes and replacing some of your snacks with these highly
nutritious choices. Take some with you when you travel and nutritious
food options seem to be hard to find.
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Seeds Are Nutrition Powerhouses