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Seeds of Life

By Edward Bauman, M.Ed., ph.D.

When I ask students and colleagues “what is the most important food in your diet”? Their answers reflect their current dietary persuasion.

The Paleolithic diet advocates say, “Eat meat”. Lacto-vegetarians say, “Have milk and yogurt, for strong bones.” Macrobiotics identify with brown rice. The Greeks and Italians embrace garlic and olive oil. Low fat gurus Ornish and McDougall favor grainy breads and pasta. Vegans love vegetables – go figure! Standard American Dieters (SAD) can’t imagine a day without cheeseburgers, French fries, and a Coke, while yuppies are still lining up for their decaf, nonfat, vanilla chai latte and “Iow-carb” chocolate croissant.

No matter what the dietary persuasion, the undisputed champion of foods, in my opinion are (drum roll. .. ) SEEDS. Seeds are small in size, but pack a regenerative wallop. Nutritionally important seeds include flax, sesame, hemp, chia, poppy, alfalfa, milk thistle, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds, among others.

Seeds hold the blueprint for all plant material on earth. Without seeds, the birds, bees, two and four-legged creatures on Earth would be without staple foods. Somehow, in the food for profit frenzy that motivates agri-business, food processing, foods-to-go, heat and eat foods, snack foods, fast foods, health foods, food powders and food bars, we have largely ignored Seed Power. Why is this? Seeds are delicate, perishable, and not inexpensive, though they are certainly affordable for the health-minded shopper.

What makes seeds of life so essential? Seeds offer a full range of amino acids, with approximately 35-45% of their weight in protein. This exceeds beef, beans or seafood products. Seeds provide essential fatty acids – those lovely lipids that moisten your skin, nourish your glands, improve memory, mood, and fat burning, and relieve inflammation of the mucous membranes and joints. Additionally, flax and hemp seeds are richly endowed with antioxidants, beta-carotene, Vitamin E, bioflavonoids, and a marvelous fiber called lignans that bind excess bile, cholesterol, estrogen, and cortisol. Seeds complete their healing ways with a generous supply of magnesium, zinc, calcium, potassium and chromium.

By eating seeds regularly, blood sugar becomes more regular, fat burning is more active, allergies are less bothersome, hormones begin to balance, and cell membranes become more receptive to insulin, thereby generating a more efficient cellular energy.

Organic seeds contain less of the harmful pesticides, herbicides, growth hormones, and antibiotics fed to cows, chickens, and now even farm-raised fish. Seeds can be sprouted, lightly roasted, ground up into a powder, and cooked into bakery products. Seeds are complementary to all foods. One to two tablespoons of seeds at a meal will provide a significant amount of nutrient density. Eaten often, seeds provide an ecological alternative to the over-consumption of animal products that contributes to the pollution our air, soil and waterways. Seeds bring life to all of us.

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