Difference Between Nuts and Seeds
Seeds are a type of fruit that contain a plant embryo. The ovary of the fruit develops into a seed. The plants grow and produce more seeds.
Nuts, on the other hand, are a type of fruit that has a hard shell. It is usually edible and contains a single seed.
There’s a popular misconception in health and nutrition that seeds are nutritionally inferior to nuts. To the contrary, the article details that the health benefits of seeds far outweigh their fat and calorie content.
Some seeds are particularly high in health-promoting nutrients, such as chia, flax, hemp, pumpkin and sesame seeds, which are also high in omega-3 oils, fiber, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium and antioxidants.
List of nuts and seeds you can eat
Nuts and seeds are an important part of a healthy diet. A handful of nuts and seeds can provide a lot of nutrition—including fiber, protein, protein, calcium, vitamins, and minerals.
There are many nut and seed foods available to us nowadays. Some people make a point of eating only “good” nuts (those that are high in protein and healthy fats and avoid the ones that are high in carbs); others prefer to eat only those that are low in carbs.
Others eat only “good” seeds (avoiding the ones that are high in carbs), while others eat only “bad” seeds (avoiding the ones that are high in carbs).
Here are some examples of seeds and nuts you can eat:
- Almonds & Peanut butter
The humble almond is the centerpiece of the Mediterranean diet, which is a style of eating that is centered around plant-based foods and unrefined, minimally processed foods.
It’s also a great nutritional powerhouse that delivers a modest amount of protein, healthy unsaturated fats, vitamins, and minerals. peanut butter, on the other hand, are another powerhouse nut, but they’re also one of the best sources of plant-based Omega-3 fatty acids!
- Cashews & Cashew butter
Cashews are a small, round nut that grows in a tree. They are high in protein, low in calories, and have a very high fat content.
Cashew nuts have a very delicate and subtle flavor that only comes out when you begin to eat them. Some people like to eat them raw, some like to roast them, some mix cashews in with other foods for a unique flavor.
- Sunflower seeds with Butter
Sunflower seeds are one of the most important food sources for adults and children, since they are a source of essential dietary energy for healthy development of children and are also one of the most beneficial seeds for human health.
Sunflower seeds contain a lot of protein and unsaturated fatty acids, among which unsaturated oleic acid is one of the most important compounds. It is an unsaturated fatty acid.
It has been proven to reduce high levels of cholesterol. It is used in the preparation of seed oil, margarine, mayonnaise, sausages, cheese, butter and so on.
- Pumpkin seeds with Butter
Pumpkin seeds with butter are a popular snack for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, and there are many different ways to enjoy them.
You can eat them plain, or on bread, or with a dip. So, why not try one of the many pumpkin seed recipes you find online, like pumpkin seed butter or roast pumpkin seed tea?
- Hemp seeds
Hemp seeds are a nutritious, balanced food that contains protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
They can be used to make hemp milk, hemp protein powders, hemp seed muffins, hemp bread, hemp flour, hemp protein bars, hemp cake, hemp crackers, hemp protein cookies, hemp muffins, and other hemp-based treats.
They can also be blended into smoothies, shakes, protein balls, and oatmeal.
- Hemp seed oil
Regardless of whether you’re a fan of hemp oil or not, most people believe that ingesting the oil itself is going to give you a bunch of health benefits. The truth is that hemp seed oil is actually very beneficial to your health, and the body will absorb it quite readily, so long as you’re eating a healthy diet.
Hazelnuts are a good source of antioxidants, which can help protect against heart disease and cancer. They also contain protein, which is important for building muscle and maintaining energy levels.
One study found that people who ate a serving of hazelnuts each day for eight weeks lost more weight than those who ate a standard diet.
- Flax seeds
Flax seeds are one of the most nutritious foods you can eat, containing high amounts of fiber, calcium, and protein. They also contain a lot of lignans, which are plant compounds that have a variety of health benefits including regulating hormones and reducing cancer risk.
- Sesame seeds
Sesame seeds are good to eat because they contain a lot of good fats, and also contain a number of other minerals, vitamins and health-boosting nutrients. These health benefits include preventing heart disease, lowering cholesterol and other heart-related diseases, and minimizing the risk of cancer.
Sesame seeds also contain a lot of fibre, which is important because it helps to keep the digestive system healthy.
They are very versatile, and can be eaten raw or roasted. They are also the key ingredient in many European dishes.
- Angiosperm seeds
Angiosperm seeds are littered throughout the world’s forests, from the rainforest to the woodlands, and they are absolutely good to eat. They are a rich source of fiber, protein, and vitamins, and they are an excellent source of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium.
- Naked seeds
If you have not heard of naked seeds, they are seeds that have been stripped of their outer shell. This can be done through a process of soaking and washing (milling), but it can also be done by simply pulverizing the seeds with a machine or hammer.
It’s great because you can eat these seeds raw, and they won’t upset your stomach or cause allergies.
- Hulled seeds
Hulled seeds are seeds that are covered in a coating of a material like a shell or husk, or in this case, a hull. Hulled seeds are often used to make nut butters, like peanut butter, but can also be used to thicken sauces or to make liquors, like rum.
Hulling is one of the oldest methods of preserving seeds. The seeds can be combined with salt water and left to ferment for several days, or left to dry.
In the final stages of drying, the seeds are heated in order to cook them into a semi-dried form. Hulled seeds can be used in a variety of ways.
- Poppy seeds
People eat poppy seeds for a variety of reasons: they are crunchy, they are high in protein, they are a natural sleep aid.
Poppy seeds are the tiny seeds of the opium poppy plant. The tiny seeds are red, brown or black, with a hard shell. Poppy seeds are used in seed cake and bread.
But the most important reason is that they’re delicious. Poppy seeds are a great snack or a healthy ingredient in homemade breads and other goodies.
- Pseudo-cereal Seeds
Pseudo – cereal Seeds are a healthy, versatile food that can be used for a variety of recipes and dishes.
These seeds are great for snacking, adding crunch to salads/wraps, or making into trail mix. They can be found in a wide range of grocery stores
- Squash seeds
You’ve probably heard this before, but it’s true. You can eat the seeds of many different squash plants, including zucchinis, pumpkins, and gourds. The seeds contain a lot of nutrition and help you get the most out of your plants.
- Pine nuts
Although they’re not as well known as other nuts like walnuts or almonds, pine nuts have earned a good reputation among some consumers, because of their unique taste and texture.
This is fortunate, because pine nuts are a great addition to your diet and can be an easy way to boost the nutritional value of recipes.
- Soaked seeds
For a lot of people, the idea of eating soaked nuts and seeds is pretty bizarre. In fact, it’s so strange that some people don’t even know they can eat this way! As crazy as it seems, soaking seeds for their nutritional benefits is a good idea, and there are lots of benefits to be had.
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