They say “Sometimes best things come in small packages”, this is so true with plant seeds. They are tiny in size but super-packed with essential nutrients needed by the body. They are ideal to add to your daily meal to ensure you’re eating a balanced diet.
Today, seeds are becoming more popular in stores or markets, finding them in different preparations and packaging because of the ‘super seed hype’. They are excellent add-ons to various kinds of beverage — or added as an ingredient in bars, snacks, and baked goodies to intensify nutrient content. Most of them are even processed to extract oil and applied topically for a healthier skin.
According to a data collected from the previous year, most expert dietitians and nutritionists stated that seeds will top the super food trend this 2017.
Curious what are these so-called ‘super seeds’? Here’s what you should know.
Chia seeds are incredible sources of fiber, iron, folate, calcium, and magnesium. They are also the richest plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acid (alpha-linolenic acid).
Hemp seeds contain all of the 20 amino acids. And because of this substantial protein, hemp seeds became the favorite of most vegans and muscle-toning fanatics. They also contain omega-3,-6 (gamma-linolenic acid) fatty acids; antioxidants, zinc and vitamin E.For your information, this seed is a member of Cannabis family together with marijuana, but it lacks marijuana’s active ingredient, the THC – tetrahydrocannabinol. So eating hemp seeds will not give you the same effect as smoking marijuana.
Brown, nutty flax seeds has omega-3 fatty acid and cancer-fighting lignans. It has Vitamin E which protects the skin against common dermal problem.
‘Pepitas’ or Pumpkin seeds are loaded with iron; hence they are known as a snack perfect for travelers especially backpackers. They are usually added to granola bars and trail mix recipes to help maintain high energy levels. Other nutrients are zinc, magnesium and protein.
A slightly sweet seed and a small part of wheat kernel. It has inulin fiber which maintains good digestion and prevents constipation.
Small seeds and commonly added to most Asian recipes. They are rich with omega-6 fatty acid which controls bad cholesterol and keeps the heart healthy.
Seeds or arils of a pomegranate are low in calories so they are gentle to the heart. It has antioxidants against infections and polyphenols for memory enhancement.