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The Seeds of a Healthy Diet

Selecting, Storing and Enjoying Seeds


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  • Love seeds but have to becareful because of diverticuli.
  • we do love seeds..I keep mine in the freezer..especially my flaxseeds
  • My family enjoys sesame and sunflower seeds. Will try to add more to our diets.
    My favorite are poppy seeds. But unlike hemp seeds, they can cause a false positive in drug testing.

    I know plenty of people who eat the whole sunflower seed, shell and all. I have no idea if this is any better for you. I think it's mostly a matter of laziness.
  • PSHINDE2109
    These seeds are wonderful in our diet. We should know the way to include them in our diet. Some recipes with these seeds are given at
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  • The calories listed for pumpkin seeds in shell and out of shell are the same. Does this mean the shell in indigestible and has no calories?
  • I LOVE seeds! There were times in my life when I could afford to get them - but they NEVER seem to go on sale - and they are WAY WAY too expensive for me now. When I can get some, somewhere, I take handsful - and eat a few at a time, so they last for a very long time. But that's probably too little to get the benefit. Does anyone know where or how to get them really, really cheap?
  • Just about any seed is a nutrition powerhouse, and many more are staples of our diets. Whole categories were left out of this article, not just chia seeds! ;-) How about beans, peas, lentils, corn, wheat, barley, almonds, pecans, filberts, peanuts, and many, many more. If you can put it in the ground and conditions are right, it will grow and make more of itself... it's a seed!
  • This is a great article! Very informative and helpful to me, as I am trying to lower my cholesterol and blood pressure. Thank you so much!
  • Watching Dr. Oz today, regards to foods for the brain....and this list here is missing CHIA seeds! Course I am not running out for them at this point. They are a source of omega fatty acids, and I am getting plenty!
  • I buy Hodgson's Mill ground flaxseed and store it in the freezer. My main use of it is in baking my "best of bran muffins" (from a diabetic snacks cookbook), which calls for 1/2 cup per recipe (24 muffins). I might try sprinkling it on cereal or into yogurt, though! Time to branch out.
  • Thank you so much for posting the information. I did not realize that Sunflower seeds were so high in fat. Hmmm , good thing I don't like them.
  • Loved the article. I eat flax seeds a few times a week, ground fresh and on my oatmeal. I like to keep sunflower seeds on hand. The article missed the joy of sunflower seeds on a salad. Here is a favorite of mine: romine lettuce, onion, fresh strawberries and sunflower seeds, topped with a balsamic vinegar or some type of vinaigrette dressing. If you want to add some protein, throw in some cooked chicken. Yum!

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