Studying nutrition is a relatively new practice. Information concerning how much fat, carbohydrates, sugar, and protein we should eat is constantly changing. We do know that plants are one of the richest sources of healthy fat. Plant seeds, in particular, contain polyunsaturated fats or the “good” fats, which nutritionists believe to be responsible for lowering cholesterol levels, as well as aiding in immune function and brain development.
I have recently added a few types of seeds to my diet and have been noticing the positive effects. Chia seeds provide energy for endurance– when left in water they turn into a thick gel that, when consumed with a meal, leaves me feeling fuller for longer! Hemp Hearts (shelled help seeds) are readily digestible and contain all of the essential fatty and amino acids. Add them to your diet and they can help to improve your cholesterol levels. Flaxseed is full of fibre that works as a mild laxative; it also can improve immune function and help control blood sugar levels.
I incorporate these seeds into my daily diet by adding them to anything: cereal, salad, shakes and smoothies. Even baking! I have had more energy and definitely have seen improvements in weight management. I encourage everyone to look at what adding some healthy seeds in your diet can do for you. Let me know how it goes!