5 Seeds to Add to your Diet

The five most common seeds we add to our diets today

Sesame Seeds
58% Fat.
A serving will provide your body 19% of the RDA* of Iron it needs. Iron is essential for keeping our blood healthy and to stave off anaemia.  These are often used in oriental cooking.

Brown Flax / Linseeds
42% Fat
A serving provides 33% of the RDA of fibre we need per day. Fibre is essential to maintain a healthy and effective digestive system, which can help to reduce bad cholesterol. They are also rich source of Omega 3 oils - which help to promote a healthy heart

Sunflower Seeds
47.5% Fat
A serving provides 58% of the RDA of Linoleic Acid we need per day. Linoleic acid is essential in helping to maintain normal blood cholesterol levels. They are also a rich source of both vitamins B and E, plus they contain protein and fibre.

Pumpkin Seeds
49% Fat
These seeds contain a mixture of elements, but they are primarily known for their protein content which is essential for the body to grow and repair itself. Protein can also help to stave off hunger pangs. They are also a good source of iron, zinc, manganese and magnesium

Chia seeds
32% fat
These tiny seeds (often mistaken for poppy seeds) which come in three colours (black, grey and white) pack a powerful nutritional punch - 18% RDA of calcium (great for strong bones), 30% RDA manganese (promotes healthy brain function). They are also very high in fibre, protein and a good source of the Omega 3 oils. Chia seeds are one of the best sources of omega 3 oils

Tip: Why not make up your own mix of these lovely seeds so that you can sprinkle them over your breakfast cereal, add them to smoothies and salads.  Keep them in an airtight plastic container and away from sunlight.

*RDA = Recommended Daily Allowance

Whilst seeds in their various formats can be beneficial to our body, it is important to remember that when on a weight-loss program their calorie and fat content need to be considered. Due to the nutritional benefits of the fats in these seeds it is fine to incorporate them into a healthy diet plan  – a serving size is classed as 25g

It is important to remember that no one food can give the body everything it needs, therefore a balanced diet is essential.