Super seeds

Posted on: January 23rd, 2012 by Celeste Naude

We know nuts and seeds are good for us because they’re rich in healthy fats, fibre and plant proteins. Include these seeds in your diet…

It’s pretty easy to add nuts to our diet and they can be eaten as a snack on their own, but seeds often need to be eaten with other foods.

Seeds are highly nutritious and very versatile. Include more seeds in your diet by snacking on them (pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds), or adding them to breakfast cereals, trail mixes, yoghurt, salads and breads.

Let’s look at some of the commonly available seeds and why we should add them to our diets.

Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds have a mild nutty flavour. These seeds are good source of protein, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus and phytosterols, which can help control blood cholesterol.

Sesame Seeds
Sesame seeds are used to make sesame oil and are commonly found on top of bread rolls or added to dishes, but they are rarely eaten as a snack. These little white seeds are very nutritious, providing health-boosting fibre, plant-based calcium, phytosterols and lignin.

Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds are an exceptionally good source of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. They are also high in magnesium, a mineral essential for nerve and muscle function.

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