EAT LOTS OF SEEDS
EAT LOTS OF SEEDS
Seeds have been the staple of the human diet for millions of years.
Humans and other animals who can gather and store their food have an
advantage over those who can only graze. Our ancestors found that
the easiest, most abundant foods to gather, carry and store are
Seeds come in many sizes and shapes, but they share the same basic
design: a tiny germ, or baby plant; an energy supply of
carbohydrates or fat to fuel the first stages of growth; and a
protective outer skin, husk or shell. Everything necessary to start
a new life is packaged in each seed, so for humans and other
animals, seeds are nutritional powerhouses. They have the vitamins,
minerals, protein and essential fatty acids we need, as well as
fiber to provide bulk and calories to give us energy.
Grains, beans and nuts have nourished the human race throughout our
evolution. Only in our recent history have we adopted the
unfortunate practice of stripping seeds of most of their nutritional
value and consuming only the energy sources (the starch and the
fat). North Americans eat huge amounts of refined flours and
vegetable oils. A diet that includes lots of refined grains and
extracted oils is likely to be deficient in omega-3 fatty acids,
vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Eat lots of seeds the way nature provides them: whole grains, such
as wheat, barley, corn, rye and oats; legumes, such as beans, peas
and lentils; and other seeds and nuts -- preferably whole and
prepared by you so you know nothing has been removed. Some seeds,
such as flaxseeds, are particularly rich sources of omega-3's, but
you don't need to seek them out. An unhealthy diet sprinkled with a
tablespoon of flaxseeds is still an unhealthy diet. If you eat lots
of different whole seeds and make them the staple of your diet, you
will get plenty of omega-3's, vitamins and minerals.