The Health Benefits of Nuts, Seeds & Pulses

Nuts & Seeds

For starters, let’s look at what nuts seeds and pulses actually are …

  1. Nuts = walnuts, almonds, cashews, macadamia …
  2. Seeds = pumpkin, poppy, sesame, sunflower, hemp, chia, linseed ..
  3. Pulses = lentils, beans (kidney/broad/butter/borlotti) and chickpeas …

All of the above are a great source of protein, fiber, minerals and vitamins and they are extremely nutritious. The simplest and easiest way to consume seeds is sprinkled into smoothies, added to oats and yoghurt and thrown into salads. For example sesame seeds help reduce inflammation which is particularly helpful for those suffer from arthritis. Hemp seeds can have beneficial effects on the state of your heart by increasing the omega 3 acids in blood. Chia is a very popular seed with those that understand it can help reduce blood sugars and Chia seeds are also thought to help reduce the risk of heart disease. Pumpkin, Sesame, Sunflower all fantastic seeds, so good infact that we @freshessentialfoods brought them all together in our REALLY SEEDY brand. An organic powerhouse of good #eatyourselfincredible.

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When you think about it – back in the days before we started eating meat we were all eating nuts, seeds and pulses. Great for the body full of energy, roughage and protein. We source globally and our experts who pick out the right varieties are known here (amusingly) as #NutSperts, #SeedStars and #PulseMasters.


In simple terms nuts are really a dried fruit and in the very same way many people think a tomato is a vegetable when actually it is in fact a fruit. So occasionally you find that what we think of as nuts are occasionally actually a fruit. For example in an attempt not to confuse you any more – Brazil Nuts are not actually nuts though we call them nuts – they are seeds and fruit at the very same time 🤪 The bottom line though is they are good for you. Eat them. Buy nuts and loads of other dried fruit from us and offer them to your customers. Fresh Essential is a business that gets quality and price right. We can supply in bulk by the pallet or container load or for farm shops and delis we pack from 10g upwards.


Full of nutrients and fiber, Chia seeds for example also have very few calories. Infact the word “Chia” is an ancient Mayan word meaning STRENGTH. Not least because more often than not Chia seeds are grown organically and are a whole grain food, they are increasing in popularity and are often top of the list when it comes to choosing seeds to consume as part of a healthy diet.


Adding pulses to soup and casseroles is a great way to avoid meat and pulses are full of iron too. Pulses come tinned or dried and the latter just need to be soaked drained and rinsed before cooking. The advantage of dried pulses is that they can be stored for a long time and without a whole load of packaging.

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