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Seeds are commonly a type of nuts that don’t have a hard shell. They are small edibles that grow inside the kernel of fruits and naturally open and free themselves from the shell. However, nuts are seeds too, but not all the seeds are nuts! Seeds are as nutrient as nuts, they are also packed with vitamins, protein, and healthy fats.

What are the benefits of seeds?

Seeds are great sources of fiber, healthy fats, and many valuable vitamins, such as vitamin E. They also have many health benefits. For example, pumpkin seeds are a good source of phosphorus and omega-6 fats. Studies prove that pumpkin seeds can help reduce the risk of breast cancer. Moreover, they may also reduce the symptoms of overactive bladder in children.

Sunflower seeds are among the most consumed seeds in the world. They are the seeds that grow inside the sunflowers. Vitamin E in this seed can help reducing inflammation and also improve heart health. And since this seed is loaded with monounsaturated fats, which are considered as healthy fat, consuming them can lower the cholesterol level.

Moreover, seeds are naturally gluten-free, which makes them an excellent option for people who are allergic to gluten-contained products. They can add seeds to their diet without concern about this subject. Being GMO-free and organic are other points our seeds have.

Although seeds are in a subgroup of nuts, they don’t have the allergic protein that some tree nuts have. Therefore, they can be an excellent alternative to nuts for people who have an allergy to nuts.

How to consume seeds?

Like nuts and dried fruits, you can eat seeds without adding it to anything else. But to use it more creatively, you can easily add seeds to salads, yogurt, oatmeal, and smoothies. You can also find recipes with seeds and make delicious dishes, cakes, and salads, with these healthy and nutritious edibles and have a healthy diet.

Since seeds are small, you can eat as many as you want, but you should not overindulge seeds too. The exact serving size varies depending on what kind of seed you’re eating.  A general guideline is to aim for a 200-calorie serving (about 2 tablespoons) a day. Sometimes people mix seeds, nuts, and dried fruits to make their snack more enjoyable. In this case, be careful about the number of calories you’re taking with this mixture.

Do seeds have expiry date?

Generally, seeds don’t have any expiration date. However, if you buy them in a pack, you will see a date written on the package, which shows the best time to use. But even if you pass that date, the seeds won’t spoil. They only might lose their best quality, but still eatable.

You should also be careful about how to store them. Seeds should not be stored in humid and high-temperature places. It’s better to keep them in a sealed container in a dry and cool place. Seeds can last at least a few years in a refrigerator. Also, be cautious about putting them alongside the food with odor, such as garlic or onion. The smell can change its taste and flavor.

Tips on buying seeds

  • To find out if the seeds you are buying are fresh or not, taste them if it’s possible. The nuts and seeds that are rancid not only taste bitter or sour but also may have an unpleasant odor. As mentioned earlier, seeds won’t spoil very soon unless they are being kept in the wrong place with high temperatures. Therefore, if they taste bad or have a fishy odor, they might be something wrong with their storage.
  • The seeds are also sold in a pack, and you might not be able to taste them. Thus, check their color to see if they have darkened, shriven up, or become moldy.
  • If you eat a lot of seeds, it will be more cost-effective for you to buy seeds in bulk. But you should take care of where you store them so you can have seeds all year long without having to buy again and again.
  • It’s better to buy raw and unsalted seeds. Although flavored seeds are tastier and more delicious, raw seeds are fresher and healthier. However, the amount of salt that is added to the seeds is so low that it won’t have any impact on your health.
  • Always find a reliable producer who can always provide you with high-quality and freshest products.

Natural Moreish provides the following dried seeds:

  • Sesame
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)