HJ: Just what makes seeds such incredible foods? As the storehouse of nutrients and enzymes for plants-to-be, seeds contain everything a plant needs to grow and thrive in its early stages of life. They must be nutrient dense powerhouses in order to supply seedlings with a fighting chance in the unpredictable natural environment were they grow. As humans, we can benefit greatly from the concentrated nutrition of seeds by regularly incorporating them into our diet. Gram for gram, seeds are some of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. Typically they are quite high in minerals, Omega 3-6-9 essential fatty acids and high quality protein, which makes them excellent foods for anyone and especially vegans and vegetarians.
The only downside to seeds is that most of them contain phytic acid, which slightly inhibits digestability and can make their nutrients harder to absorb. Certain seeds such as hemp seeds, are naturally free of phytic acid. However, as a general rule of thumb, seeds should be sprouted and lightly toasted to increase digestibility and nutrient bioavailability whenever possible. It is also important to obtain fresh seeds and use them as quickly as possible, as seeds have a tendency to go moldy quite rapidly. Furthermore, this is not mold that is visible to the naked eye. Toasting or lightly roastingseeds helps to destroy most of the mold.
Despite these drawbacks, seeds are incredible foods and with minimal preparation offer outstanding health benefits that are simply too impressive to ignore. It is highly recommended to start incorporating them into your diet for optimal health.
The Top 10 Healthiest Seeds on Earth
By John Summerly | Prevent Disease
They come in all different sizes, shapes and colours. The seed is an embryonic plant itself and the origin of nutrition. A plant goes to great lengths to produce each seed and fill it with high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential oils and dormant enzymes. If you’re looking for a high quality, nutritious and filling snack, seeds are tough to beat. Let’s look at the ten healthiest seeds on Earth and how to consume them.