Have you eaten any seeds today?
Seeds are an excellent source of important nutrients, so it’s worthwhile finding ways to incorporate some into our daily diet. I’m talking especially about chia seeds, ground flaxseeds and hempseeds, because they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. But all seeds have their place at the table…pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and poppy are some others.
Many people turn to fish and fish oil as sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Why might it be better to reach for plant-based sources, like seeds (and walnuts), instead? First and foremost, overfishing is an urgent and serious issue in our world. Second, food is a package deal, and fish come ‘packaged’ with toxins. Farmed fish are actually worse in this regard than wild fish. Last but not least, we know that fish are sentient beings. It’s a win-win situation when we turn to the plant world to meet our omega-3 requirements, and more!
For anyone who has ever feared a protein deficiency if they stopped eating meat or fish: ounce for ounce, many seeds contain the same amount of protein as, for example, ground beef and salmon. Further, they provide a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. And to help drive home the point that seeds are healthier than fish…fish has no fibre but seeds sure do! This is worth noting because, on average, Canadians are getting about half the daily recommended amount of fibre. For something so important to our health as fibre, there is lots of room for improvement. Seeds can help get you there.
I hope in the days ahead you’ll consider adding these economical little wonders to your cereal, smoothies, soups, salads, and blended dressings. It could fast become one of your easiest and healthiest new habits!