Many seeds are loaded with numerous nutritional benefits but this fact is unknown to a lot of people particularly those in this part of the world. Not too long ago, I took a trip to some parts of Europe and I was completely awed by their eating habits and the type of meals they consume. Seeds of different foods were occasionally included into their diets to raise both micro-nutrient and protein intake.
In some types of fruits, the seeds which are usually discarded are more nutritious than the whole flesh. In this short article, I have compiled three major fruits which are commonly consumed here in Nigeria and the benefit of consuming their seeds.
Thirst quenching fruit; almost everyone in Nigeria loves this anti- oxidant loaded fruit. While consumption is quite common, virtually everyone discards the seeds. Aside eating the pulp the fruit, the seed can also be eaten in raw, dried or roasted form.
The seeds are high in protein, B vitamins and fats. The fat content is high both in saturated and unsaturated fats. In some countries, the seeds are collected, dried or roasted and consumed as snacks which supplies low calorie and can be consumed by those managing their weight.
PAWPAW: Have you ever tried making a chilled smoothie out of a ripe pawpaw? I bet you will quit taking soft drinks after a sip. The fruit is loaded with many vitamins and minerals. It is good for people battling with constipation due to high dietary fibre. While all these can be said of the fleshy part of the fruit, it will surprise you to know that the seeds which are edible also contain advantageous health benefits.
I am careful about using the entire pawpaw seeds when making a smoothie as there is no record on the quantity that could become toxic to the body but facts have established that; including some amount of the seed helps improve your immune system. To the whole pulp of pawpaw, you could add 2 or 3 table spoon of the seed to make a smoothie. I have never tried eaten it raw……..I guess it is bitter and pepperish. Hey! No harm in trying.
GRAPE SEEDS: For lovers of grapes, you will agree with me that it is a super fruit with countless benefits. According to a research carried out at the University of Maryland Medical Center, it was reported that the seeds contain powerful antioxidants, in addition to other nutrients such as vitamin-E, flavonoids and linoleic acids.
Flavonoids are believed to lower the risk of heart disease by decreasing your body’s concentration of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol. Also, in the same light, the September 2009 issue of “The Journal of Nutrition” reports that the phytochemicals and antioxidants in grape seeds have the ability to fight cancer and improve your overall health.
Well, having itemized some of the edible seeds you should consider eating, my advise is this, If you must consume the seeds of these fruits in there raw form, ensure you grind them properly before swallowing. If you cannot do that, you should add the seeds when trying to make some cups of smoothie. I prefer the latter particularly after it had been refrigerated.
I hope you will find this article helpful.