5 Healthy Seeds You Should Add to Your Diet Today

Seeds can be not just tasty food, but also nutritious food. Sesame seeds, flax and hemp seeds, and more, are all full of delicious nutrients that can be a wonderful addition to your diet. A lot of minerals that might be hard to find in the most common foods in our meal plans can be supplied by including seeds in those meals. From zinc and iron to folate, they’re part of a healthy lifestyle that isn’t always readily available to even food-mindful consumers.

Consumption of seeds goes back to the earliest humans. The most common kind of seed people consume is nuts in some form, from peanuts to walnuts. But even the lowly seed should not be forgotten.

Flax seeds, for example, contain those wonderful omega-3 fatty acids most of us think are found only in seafood. These seeds are also high in antioxidants.

Hemp seeds are also full of omega-3 fatty acids, and also protein. Including hemp seeds in your diet can help lower cholesterol and boost overall immune system efficiency.

Even less familiar seeds, such as chia seeds, can be good for you and tasty as well. Chia seeds again have the omega-3 fatty acids, but are also full of calcium and fiber. They pair well with smoothies and salads, or as part of homemade granola.

Sesame seeds are full of trace minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, and copper.   They also contain fiber which helps your digestion and zinc which can help your skin look good.

Sunflower seeds, much loved by baseball players, are good for your heart.   Sunflower seeds contain Vitamin E, folate, and magnesium.   Magnesium can help your mood.

Key Points:

  • 1Flax seeds have antioxidant properties and may reduce the risk of cancer.
  • 2Hemp seeds can help lower your cholesterol.
  • 3Sunflower seeds are a great source of vitamin E and magnesium,

Keep a bag of mixed seeds in your fridge to sprinkle on soups, salads, casseroles, and any other food you like.

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