Like nuts, seeds are a vital part of our diet. Seeds are high in fiber, vitamin E and monounsaturated fats that can help keep our heart healthy and our body disease free.
Healthy seeds are also great sources of protein, minerals, zinc and other life-enhancing nutrients. Numerous studies have shown that different types of seeds and nuts can actually prevent weight gain, the development of heart disease and the accumulation of LDL cholesterol.
If you are going to add seeds to your diet, eat only organic seeds, in their raw state. Try to avoid irradiated or roasted seeds, and stick with raw seeds. Eat them on a daily basis to give you more natural energy than any other food. They’re great if you want a quick, healthy snack that is still low in calories.
How much should I have?
- One serving of seeds is about a ¼ cup or 60 mL. This amount should just fit into the palm of your hand.
- Seeds are healthy choices, but be careful not to over do it.
- They are high in fat so the calories can add up quickly.
There are a wide variety of seeds to choose from. Take a look at our chart alongside: Seeds - Healthy Choices.
For more information on why you should be including seeds in your daily diet when on a DBM Program, visit this link for more information.
Find a delicious Pumpkin Seed Butter recipe on this link