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Eating Sunflower Seeds In The Morning Could Have A Positive Effect On Your Heart

by Rebecca Endicott
Becca is a writer and aspirational dog owner living in NYC.

The basics of healthy eating are pretty simple.

Boiled down to the fundamentals, it’s about eating lean protein, whole grains, and plenty of fruits and veggies, perhaps with the occasional dash of pickle juice for a few added benefits.

Of course, if you’re looking for even more benefits to your healthy diet, it’s a good idea to take a look at one of the most impactful and underappreciated sources of nutrients around: seeds.

Seeds, like their more vaunted cousins, nuts, are a natural product of most plants, and can often be found inside a fruit or seed pod.

They come in a vast range, some of which are inedible or even poisonous, and some of which can give you all sorts of hard-to-come-by nutritional benefits. Plenty are well known, like sunflower seeds, while some are just starting to be fully recognized for their healthy contents!

They pack tons of protein and nutrients, and are great as pick-me-up snack, or as part of a powerful breakfast to start your day off strong!

Scroll through the gallery below to learn which underappreciated seeds you should be incorporating into your diet!

Nutritious Seed #1: Sunflower

Nutritious Seed #1: Sunflower
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Sunflower seeds are probably one of the best-known seeds on the list.

Not only are these delicious, salted snacks a favorite of baseball players, and they’re also incredibly tasty and good for you.

These seeds are full of Vitamins E and B1, and lower your risk of heart disease, according to SFGate.

Nutritious Seed #2: Chia

Nutritious Seed #2: Chia
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Chia seeds are a growing trend in the healthy food movement, and are often added to granola bars and beverages.

Part of the appeal of the tiny seeds is that they expand with a jelly-like coating when moisture is added, giving them an appealing texture.

Even better, according to Authority Nutrition, they are packed with fiber, protein, and those all-important Omega-3’s.

Nutritious Seed #3: Hemp

Nutritious Seed #3: Hemp
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Most people don’t hear the word “hemp” and associate it with a healthy diet.

In fact, the seeds are very different from their distant cousins in the marijuana family, and are packed with benefits.

They are incredibly easy to digest, and full of protein, healthy fat, and antioxidants, according to Pure Healing Foods.

Nutritious Seed #4: Sesame

Nutritious Seed #4: Sesame
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For most of us, sesame seeds are something that comes embedded in the crust of a loaf of bread or a bagel.

Toasted, they make for a tasty, flavorful addition to lots of other meals, including salads and stir-fries.

According to Organic Factsthey are also packed with zinc and magnesium, and help to lower blood pressure, and may reduce risks of cancer.

Nutritious Seed #5: Pumpkin

Nutritious Seed #5: Pumpkin
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Pumpkin seeds, known to many as “pepitas” are savory, crunchy seeds that many enjoy in snack mixes and granola bars.

For some of us, they may also have seasonal associations, because lots of us grew up toasting the ones left over from Halloween Jack O Lanterns.

Even better, Mercola tells us that they support the immune system and reduce the risk of diabetes thanks to their hefty supply of micronutrients.

Nutritious Seed #6: Flax

Nutritious Seed #6: Flax
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Flaxseeds are extremely tiny, fine seeds that can easily be blended into your everyday diet.

Lots of people eat them in cereal or granola bars, while others might also grind them into smoothies or soups.

According to WebMD, in addition to other nutrients, these are chock full of lignans, which are tremendously important antioxidants.

Nutritious Seed #7: Pomegranate

Nutritious Seed #7: Pomegranate
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You may not recognize “anardana” (the seeds’ technical name), but you probably would recognize where it came from: the pomegranate!

This is the dried version of the bright, gem-like seeds of the fresh pomegranate.

In their dried form, anardana makes for a tangy, sour spice in food, and, according to IndiaNetZonethey are packed with vitamin B5 and help scrub the body of free radicals.

Nutritious Seed #8: Anise

Nutritious Seed #8: Anise
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Anise seed is a common cooking herb that is known for its aromatic, strong flavor.

It’s best known for lending its flavor to licorice and other similarly flavored sweets, but also makes appearances in baking, roasts, and other dishes.

According to WebMD, it’s great for settling stomach and digestive issues, and it can help improve colds by serving as an expectorant.

Which of these seeds do you have in your diet? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to SHARE with anyone else who loves healthy eating!