Sunday, November 28, 2010

Don't Throw Away Your Seeds!

Do you usually try to avoid eating seeds? While certain seeds shouldn't be eaten, others contain loads of nutrients. Lets look at good seeds vs. bad seeds.

The Good

Watermelon seeds: These seeds are edible and contain immune boosting nutrients such as zinc, selenium, vitamin E, and essential fats. They also are rich in protein.

To get the benefits of watermelon seeds, make a fresh juice.

Raspberry Seeds: Present in raspberries is ellagic acid which has been shown to neutralize carcinogens before they can damage DNA. One cup of raspberries contains about 8 grams of dietary fiber.

Frozen raspberries are great in smoothies. For a smoothie that blends seeds seamlessly into the drink, use a high-powered blender.

Tomato Seeds

Tomato seeds are a source of lycopene. This is an antioxidant that has been extensively studied and proven to have many health protective benefits.

To get the most of out of tomatoes, blend together a marinara sauce to make the nutrients available from the seeds. Team with broccoli and healthy oils to make the nutrients more bio-available.

There are more healthy seeds out there. These are just a few examples.

The Inedible Seeds or “Bad” Seeds

Some seeds are unsafe to eat. Seeds from apples, pears, peaches, plums, cherries and apricots contain varying amounts of cyanogenic glycosides (cyanide) that could cause sickness and even death. More amounts of the poison would be ingested from chewing as opposed to swallowing these types of seeds. So please don't swallow or blend these seeds into your drinks or food!

So the lesson here is don't spit out all of your seeds. Learn about which ones are good for you and which ones could be dangerous.

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For more information, see the sources below.
The New Optimum Nutrition Bible by Patrick Holford

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Disclaimer: These statements have not been approved by the FDA. The information here is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease whether physical or mental. Please see a licensed health care professional for all medical concerns.

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