Seeds: Small Things…Big Benefits!!

Did you know that such a small thing could offer so many health benefits?!

Many people don’t even like to eat seeds because they think, “they’re not filling enough, or they will get stuck in your teeth, or they will mess up your digestion.” Well I’ve got news for you… they are filling, they can actually help to improve your digestion, but they might get stuck in your teeth! So, hopefully you have a friend or coworker nice enough to tell you that you have something between your two front teeth! If not, then you can still reap all of the benefits that seeds have to offer while they are missing out!

Flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds are a great source of fiber, plant protein, and omega 3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory to the body and heart healthy. So, jump on the “seed train craze” and include some of these small seeds in your daily diet. Today I am going to focus on hemp seeds because they are so very unique! It is named to be “the most nutritionally complete food source in the world” by the Hemp Live Journal.

Hemp seeds contain all of the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain a healthy life! In this case, ‘essential’ meaning that the body cannot produce it naturally and therefore it has to be consumed via dietary intake. No other single plant source has all of the essential amino acids in such an easily digestible form. The essential fatty acids in hemp seeds are also in a perfect ratio to meet human nutritional needs and improve immune response, unlike any other seed.

Manitoba Harvest Shelled Hempseeds provide 2,000 milligrams of omega 3- fatty acid, 11 grams of protein and 160 calories for 2 tablespoons. This nutty nutritious seed is oftentimes used as a major component of the Vegan diet due to its high protein content. An added benefit of hemp seeds is that they are gluten free, nut free and contain no additives or preservatives, for anyone with a gluten intolerance or nut allergy. This brand (Manitoba Harvest) processes and packages all of its own products daily in a Kosher and USDA Organic certified facility.

Try hemp seeds today by sprinkling them onto your whole grain cereal or nonfat Greek yogurt in the morning, or salad in the afternoon and steamed vegetables in the evening time. They can also be used in your favorite cooking or baking recipe. Add a little zing to your Thanksgiving holiday cornbread this year with some hemp seeds and enjoy!