whether or not seeds make a good snack:Sure, you can plant seeds—but is eating them a good idea? Today New York Times report C. Claiborne Ray investigates
In some cases, yes, but in others, factors like the expense of the research and the inherent value of the seeds as just that — seeds for the propagation of the next generation of plants — have led scientists to ignore their nutritional potential, says Joseph H. Hotchkiss, professor and chairman of the department of food science at Cornell.In the article Hotchkiss explains that the bitterness of most seeds is designed to dissuade predators (humans or animals) from eating them—but what about the ones that don’t taste bitter? After all, in a previous post Dr. Fuhrman called nuts and seeds “a natural part of the diet of homo-sapiens.” Here’s more:
They are perfectly adapted to the taste and ability of humans to pick, dry, store, and crack. No wonder study after study shows raw nuts and seeds not only lower cholesterol, but protect against common diseases of aging. I recommend almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios, macadamias, filberts, and walnuts; and sunflower, sesame, flax, and pumpkin seeds. These delicious natural foods are high in nutrients and healthful unsaturated fats.Need more convincing? In his book Disease-Proof Your Child Dr. Fuhrman includes flax seeds and sesame seeds in his list of the ten super foods to use in your recipes and menus:
Flax Seeds are rich in lignans and omega-3 fatty acids, and scientific studies have confirmed that flax seeds have a positive influence on everything from cholesterol levels and constipation to cancer and heart disease. Use ground flax seed in oatmeal, or add them to whipped frozen bananas, stewed apples, and cinnamon and nut balls. Keep in mind that the scientifically documented benefits from flax seeds come from raw, ground flax seed, not flax seed oil.
Sesame Seeds are one of the most mineral-rich foods in the world and a potent source of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, manganese, zinc, vitamins, and fiber. They are also rich in anti-cancer lignans that are uniquely found in sesame seeds alone. Grind some unhulled sesame seeds into a powder to sprinkle on salads and vegetables. Toast lightly and mix with eggplant, chickpeas, scallions, and garlic for a healthy and delicious dip.