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How to Be a Seed Eater

It’s easy to mix all kinds of tasty, power-packed seeds into the foods you’re already eating. Your body will thank you for the serious nutrient boost.

| September/October 2014

  • Eating seeds provides you with protein, healthy fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
    Photo by iStock/Elena Elisseeva

Seeds are would-be plants. As such, they contain a boatload of nutrients necessary to jumpstart the growth of strong plants, including protein, healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals and numerous micronutrients. Here’s a clever trick invented a long, long time ago: Eat seeds instead of planting them and you get all those nutrients instead.

Another trick invented long ago is to fool seeds into thinking they actually will become plants by sprouting or soaking them in water just long enough to encourage germination. Germination unlocks even more nutrients. Seeds may also be roasted or toasted to deepen their flavors. Like nuts, seeds should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer to extend their shelf life and keep their oils from becoming rancid.

Healthy Seeds

All seeds are nutritious. For maximum nutrition, try to eat a wide variety of seeds and seed oils.

Amaranth: High in protein (must be cooked or used as flour)

Chia seeds: Packed with protein, fiber, antioxidants and minerals

Coriander seeds: Help control blood sugar, cholesterol and inflammation; high in phytonutrients

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Sprouting releases the mineral binding phytates (often in the skin or hull) so they are washed away during rinsing. But you actually want to sprout them for a lot longer than "just starting to germinate". It takes a while for the transformation of incomplete proteins into complete ones. Also the longer sprouting reduces the high amounts of inflammation causing omega 6 fatty acids

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