Small in size, big in benefits — there may be no better way to describe seeds which are often packed with a surprising amount and variety of nutrients.
Just adding a dash of seeds into a smoothie or salad can give your diet a health boost, said Lori Zanini, registered dietitian and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Here are five options you can consider:
Rather than consuming whole flaxseeds, nutrition experts recommend opting for the ground form which is easier to digest and can also provide more health benefits.
Often associated with better digestive health, these seeds can provide nutrients like fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. They are also considered a good source of lignans — these phytochemicals are shown to have the potential to reduce the growth of tumors and possibly reduce the risk of cancer.
2. Chia seeds
Chia seeds are regarded as a complete source of protein as they contain all of the essential amino acids. They are also linked to satiety as these seeds can absorb around 10 times their weight in water, helping you feel full for longer.