Seeds contain all the starting materials necessary to develop into complex plants.
Because of this, they are extremely nutritious .Seeds are great sources of fiber.
They also contain healthy monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and many
important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
When consumed as part of a healthy diet, seeds can help reduce blood sugar,
cholesterol and blood pressure. This is why healthy seeds are gaining momentum
in the snacking market all around the world. Some of the most popular seeds are:
- Flax Seeds:They are also known as linseeds and are a great source of fiber and omega-3 fats,
particularly alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). They are extremely low in calories and a
rich source of important antioxidants in the body. Flaxseeds can all help reduce
cholesterol, reduce blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease.
- Chia Seeds:They are very similar to flaxseeds because they are also good sources of fiber and
omega-3 fats, along with a number of other nutrients. Chia seeds also contain a
number of important antioxidant polyphenols. One study has shown that chia
seeds may be able to increase levels of EPA in the blood .Chia seeds may also help
reduce blood sugar, appetite and reduce risk factors of heart disease.
- Hemp Seeds: Hemp seeds are an excellent source of vegetarian protein. In fact, they contain
more than 30% protein, as well as many other essential nutrients. Hemp seeds
are a great source of protein, may help reduce symptoms of eczema and other chronic
inflammatory conditions and also contain all the essential amino acids.
- Sesame Seeds:Sesame seeds are commonly consumed in Asia, and also in Western countries as
part of a paste called tahini. Similar to other seeds, they contain a wide nutrient
profile. Sesame seeds help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.
- Pumpkin Seeds: Pumpkin seeds are one of the most commonly consumed types of seeds, and are
good sources of phosphorus, monounsaturated fats and omega-6 fats. They are
also good sources of phytosterols, which are plant compounds that may help
lower blood cholesterol. A couple of studies have shown that pumpkin seed oil
can improve symptoms of prostate and urinary disorders.
By Saloni Sethi