4 Seeds You Didn’t Know Are Packed With Nutrition!

Do not be fooled by their small size, seeds are packed with nutrients!

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Many people tend to ignore the health benefits of adding seeds to their diets. Consuming just a small amount of these superfoods can get you the daily dose of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that your body requires.

Take a look at 4 types of these superfoods that have numerous nutritional benefits!

1.      Chia Seeds

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The word chia comes from the Mayan language and it means “strength”. Chia seeds are one of the healthiest foods a person can consume. They were eaten by Aztec warriors in order to maintain their energy and endurance throughout battles.

Chia is packed with nutrients and yet low on calories.

One ounce of chia contains up to 137 calories. It contains 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and 5 grams of omega-3 healthy fats. It is also rich in nutrients like calcium, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorous.

Chia is also full of antioxidants. Its high fiber and protein content also assists in weight loss.

2.      Hemp Seeds

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At first, people were hesitant to consume hemp seeds as they come from the same species as cannabis (marijuana). However unlike their counterparts, these superfoods have numerous health benefits. They barely contain any of the compound that causes the drug-like effect in marijuana.

In terms of nutritional benefits, hemp contains over 30% fats. They are rich in two specific healthy fats i.e. omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

One ounce of hemp contain 161 calories, 9.2 grams protein, 3.3 grams carbohydrates, 12.3 grams fat, and 2 grams fiber.

Thus, they also reduce the risk of heart diseases. Furthermore, hemp are a great source of protein, calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin E and sodium.

3.      Flax Seeds

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Health benefits of flax seeds are known for over 6000 years. They help improve digestion, enable weight loss, balance hormones, fight cancer and stabilize blood cholesterol levels.

When it comes to the nutritional value, this superfood is considered the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids. Other than that, they are considered one of the best sources of lignans that are known to fight cancer.

A 7 gram serving of flax contains up to 37 calories, 1.3 grams of protein, 1.9 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of carbs.

4.      Pumpkin Seeds

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Rich in nutrients like healthy fats, magnesium and zinc, even a small quantity of this superfood can be beneficial for health. These edible superfoods when bought, generally have their shells removed. These oval shaped flat seeds are full of nutrients.

A 28 gram serving contains up to 151 calories, 1.7 grams of fiber, 5 grams of carbs, 7 grams of protein, and 6 grams of omega-6 fatty acids. These seeds are also high in antioxidants, help protect against cancer, and improve prostate health.





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