Tiny, yet healthy- this is a list of the seeds that can take part in nurturing our life and give us a healthy body. Trimmed down to give you the surprising facts, read the benefits each seed can give and the next time you thought of going to the supermarket, include them and start munching!
Ready for a healthy shocker? The seeds notably celebrated in the ‘ch-ch-chia’ pets TV commercial pack a huge dietetic punch. Chia seeds – particularly the Salba variety - are high in iron, folate, calcium, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and soluble fiber. “Iron and folate are both essential nutrients needed for health,” says Sarah Remmer, a Calgary-based registered dietitian and nutrition coach. The calcium and magnesium promote bone and dental health. While the omega-3s help your heart by lowering triglycerides which are the bad fats in your blood that can cause coronary artery disease. “The soluble fiber helps decrease cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugar levels and helps you feel fuller longer,” says Remmer.
Next is sesame seed. This rich seed contains linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid that may help control harmful cholesterol. Toasting, which most of us do to eat it, amplifies flavor and adds a nice crunch to salads. The nutrients that you can get are 103 calories per 2 tbsp, 9 g fat, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.
Pumpkin seed is the only seed that is alkaline-forming in this world of highly acidic diets. Add pumpkin seeds to your list of foods rich in protein because 100 grams of seeds on a daily basis provide 54 percent of the daily requirement in terms of protein. And did you know that pumpkin seeds can put a stop to kidney stones? Studies suggest that pumpkin seeds can help in the prevention of certain kidney stone formations like calcium oxalate kidney stone. Pumpkin seeds even hold the secret to fighting parasites, especially tapeworms so it's good for your kids.
Include these seeds in your basket now and start experimenting on them!
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