Updated: Apr 9, 2022
Edible seeds are super healthy! Whether we’re talking about chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, etc., they’re all sources of essential nutrients and they can be easily hidden in almost any food, so your kids (and husband) will eat them!
In general, they contain significant amounts of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, minerals, and for hemp seeds in particular, protein.
Even though most seeds share similarities, they do have different benefits and nutritional profiles.
Chia seeds are the fiber champions, and per weight, are one of the best sources of soluble prebiotic fiber. They also contain cancer fighting lignans (a polyphenol subtype) in addition to the previously mentioned omega-3 content. Their shells are soft and easily digestible, so they don't need to be ground. Added benefits, including more cholesterol lowering powers, are seen when they are ground. If you soak them in water, you’ll notice a gel like substance form around them. That’