Friday, January 29, 2010

Winter Healthy Snacks : Part 2

Last week  post we enjoyed snacking and learning more about two types of seeds that are healthy for our body especially during the cold months of winter. I am sure you enjoyed that post. Today I conclude this series with two more seeds which are said to be very helpful for humanity; these seeds are known to protect us from cold months and can be excellent snacks .

Sesame seeds: 
Sesame seeds are seeds of plant names Sesamum indicum” a small flowering plant native to Indian sub continent and Africa. Since humans knew the value of this seeds, used for cooking. In Sanskrit the word for oil is called as "Tailum", which is said to be derived from the word Til; i.e. Sesame seeds. Oil removed from this seeds is known to be very helpful oil for many reasons. Body massage, Oil pulling and many other things are said to be done with the oil of seeds in Ayurveda.
According to modern literature this seeds are said to be rich in iron, magnesium, manganese, copper and calcium. They also contain lignans and a unique content in it is sesamin which are type of phytoestrogens with antioxidant and anti cancer properties. These seeds also contain phytosterols which are associated with reducing the level of blood cholesterol in the body.
Even today as winter arrives in India, one snack that one can find on the streets would be sesame seed with jaggery or sugar. This combination is said to increase the body heat and has been used for time long.
Known reference of ancient Babylon would eat a combination of honey and sesame seed to prolong beauty and youth. It has been said according to Ayurveda that such is the power of this seeds that if a slim thin youth eat this seeds would gain weight, while if an obese individuals eat this seeds would lose weight.
One of the best ways to look for snacks of this seeds is basically to make small granola bars which are very nutritious of this seeds easily available in stores.

Flax seeds:

 One of the seeds that have been much in talk lately is Flax seeds. Flax seed a seed produce from the plant named in Latin as "Linum usitatissimum". This seeds are also known in some parts of the world as common flax or linseeds. This seeds are known for its health benefits for time long. Ayurveda recommends intake of this seeds for day to day cough, cold and fever. One could understanding flax seeds with warm water as a tea has been warming in nature and thus proves very healthy during cold months of winter. Flax seeds are also used as poultice for external application for chest infection and cough and cold in traditional Indian medicine.
Current science regards flax seed as high dietary fibre content and thus used for loosening stools in day to day life. Flax also does contain high level of lignans and Omega-3 fatty acids. Lignans are known to benefit the heart, posses anti cancer properties as studies would have shown on different animal studies. This seeds also have beneficial for woman’s to reduce cholesterol as researchers conclude.
It is often advice by me to use flax seeds in diet either as a garnish on food or just adding them in granola or even on cereals.

Posted by Sudeep
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5 comments: on "Winter Healthy Snacks : Part 2"

Steven | The Emotion Machine said...

Lately I have been snacking on a lot of nuts, things like pistachios, cashews, walnuts, and peanuts. How do these hold up health-wise? I need a diet that is high in protein but limited in fats and animal protein.

Sudeep Chitnis said...

Thanks for your comments Steven,
How about eating Almonds , they are healthy and would give your what you need.
Even Avocado would be nice for your for the winter.Try it.

Ralph said...

Don't flax seeds affect your bowels?

Sudeep Chitnis said...

Yes Ralph they are the high in fiber thus help aiding bowel moments.

Ralph said...

I understand that the aid can be pretty extreme.

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