The Benefits of Eating Seeds Every Day
We don’t consider how important seeds are for our nutrition even though they are vital to our survival. We should get to know them! I’m fascinated by seeds and thought I’d share a little information to help you appreciate the multitude of them and the benefit of eating seeds every day.
These days, it’s common to hear people touting the benefits of seeds for our health, and typically hemp, pumpkin or chia seeds come to mind. However, there are many other seeds we don’t think about that are great for us and packed full of vitamins.
The Basics: What Are Seeds?
- Most plants bear fruit. Specifically, most flowering plants. The fruits that come from plants are foods like tomatoes or bananas, or even the hard shells of nuts.
- Within these fruits are seeds. Bananas have seeds, tomatoes have seeds, and within the hard shells of nuts are seeds such as cashews and acorns.
- We live and survive off of seeds, whether we realize it or not. Seeds are what spread and create the next generation of plants, and also keep us healthy.
- Seeds are extremely nutrient dense, rich in protein, vitamin B, minerals, fat and dietary fiber.
Where Do the Seeds We Eat Come From?
- From Foods We Don’t Think About Regularly
- Bananas, tomatoes, strawberries have seeds that we eat and keep us healthy
- Flax plants give us the popular flax seeds we put in smoothies
- Sesame plants give us sesame fruits, which hold the sesame seeds we eat
- Pumpkins give us pumpkin seeds
- Many plants give us spice seeds, such as mustard and cardamom seeds
- From Nuts
- A nut is actually the fruit of a plant – it has a hard outer shell, with one or two seeds inside (the seeds are what we eat!)
- The shell does not separate when the fruit is ready to eat but must be practically pried off
- ‘Nut’, botanically, means ‘the shell does not open’
- The seeds we commonly eat from nuts: acorns, chestnuts, hazelnuts.
- From Drupes
- A drupe is a fruit that contains a hard interior seed that may be discarded, such as a peach seed, or a seed that can be eaten as in almonds or walnuts
- The seeds we commonly eat from drupes: almonds, walnuts, coconuts, pecans, cashews
- From Peas/ Legumes
- Legumes are actually the pods or fruit of flowering legume plants and what we eat are eat the seeds from inside of the pods
- They have higher protein content than most other plant foods
- The seeds we commonly eat from legumes: beans, peas, lentils, peanuts
- From Grasses
- Seeds from grasses such as wheat grass, are contained in the husk of the grass and separated by a process called threshing
- The seeds we commonly eat from grasses: corn, oat, wheat, rice
Due to their nutrient density, we should be eating many more seeds on a regular basis! There are so many ways that we can get more of them into our diet, as you can see. The next time you cook or go shopping, be sure to add more to your shopping cart and think about the importance of adding them do your meals.
Here are a few additional resources about seeds Iwethought were interesting if you want to learn more:
- How to grow an avocado from a seed
- Sesame seed production
- How to collect pine nuts
- The Plant Paradox is wrong