Healthy Seeds

Healthy Seeds

Many people don't know how healthy seeds are. Much like nuts, they can really benefit your heart. Plus, they can be a wonderful addition to any meal or a great snack between meals.

Generally speaking, it's healthier to eat seeds raw versus roasted. However, roasting brings out the great flavor of seeds. Roasting also allows for longer storage of seeds.

Flax seeds

Good: A very healthy food. They have a significant amount of omega 3 fatty acids, along with manganese and fiber. Their nutrients help protect against heart diseases, cancers, cardiovascular diseases, bone health, diabetes, and arthritis. They are anti-inflammatory as well.

Not so good: They can cause some bloating and it's recommended for pregnant women to consult a healthcare provider before consuming flaxseeds.

Preparation Ideas: They are great when made into cooking oil or added as part of a salad dressing.

Sesame Seeds

Good: Sesame seeds are commonly made for oils and noticeable on buns. They contain high amounts of copper, manganese, and magnesium. They are effective at fighting arthritis, lowering cholesterol, and maintaining bone health.

Not so good: They are an allergin.

Preparation Ideas: They are good on bread or chicken, people often use sesame butter or sesame paste as a peanut butter substitute.

Sunflower Seeds

Good: Baseball players munch on these all the time. They are a good source of fiber, protein, vitamin E, potassium, and magnesium, as well as many other vitamins and minerals.

Not so good: They can be heavily salted, if purchased that way, and high in calories.

Preparation Ideas: They are tasty raw or on a salad.