Often sprinkled on bagels and other baked goods, poppy seeds provide more than just a tasty crunch to your breakfast pastry! These seeds come from the opium poppy flower, the same flower used to produce morphine. They contain beneficial minerals, including calcium, phosphorous, iron and zinc, which help in the strengthening of bones, muscles and heart health.
Poppy seeds are especially high in zinc, an essential mineral which helps boost immunity and helps relieve symptoms of the common cold, poor thyroid function, and even respiratory conditions.
Every gram of poppy seeds contains a small amount of morphine and codeine, the opiates found in some common drugs used to treat pain. Though these amounts are too small to produce any effects when consumed as a food, they can show a false positive result on drug tests.
Poppy seeds, however, make an excellent addition to your Blasts. With a bold, nutty flavor, you can add a teaspoon after extracting for extra texture, or add before extracting to take full advantage of its health benefits!
Poppy seeds can be bought packaged in most grocery stores and supermarkets. Look for dark varieties without differences in coloration and store in a cool, dry place. Refrigerate or freeze during the summer months.
Calcium 4.0% Iron 1.5%
Vitamin D 0.0% Vitamin E 0.2%
Vitamin K 0.0% Thiamin 1.6%
Riboflavin 0.2% Niacin 0.1%
Vitamin B-6 0.3% Folate 0.6%
Vitamin B-12 0.0% Panto. acid 0.1%
Phosphorus 2.4% Magnesium 2.4%
Zinc 1.5% Selenium 0.5%
Copper 2.3% Manganese 9.4%