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Poppy seeds


Poppy seeds

Poppy seeds

The poppy seeds whole or ground used in cooking and baking, as an ingredient in nuts, pies, bread, cakes, cookies and strudel. In cooking, the poppy seeds are boiled and added in food.

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Category: Spices

Product code: 62-3076




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Health benefits of poppy seeds
Poppy seeds contain many plant-derived chemical compounds that found to have antioxidant, disease preventing and health promoting properties.

Their unique nutty aromatic flavor is because of many fatty acids and essential volatile oils, which comprise about 50% of net weight. The seeds are especially rich in oleic and linoleic acids. Oleic acid, a mono-unsaturated fatty acid, helps lower LDL or "bad cholesterol" and increase HDL or "good cholesterol" levels in the blood. Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet which is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids helps to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by favoring healthy blood lipid profile.

Poppy seeds outer husk is a good source of dietary fiber. 100 g raw seeds provide 19.5 g or 51% of recommended daily levels (RDA) of fiber. Much of this fiber is metabolically inert content which helps increase the bulk of the food by absorbing water down the digestive tract and thereby easing constipation problem.

Additionally, dietary fiber binds to bile salts (a product of cholesterol) and decrease their reabsorption in the colon. It thus helps in a further decrease in blood LDL cholesterol levels.

The seeds are excellent source B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin, niacin, and folic acid. Many of these vitamins functions as co-factors in the substrate metabolism, especially fat and carbohydrates inside the human body.

Poppy seeds contain good levels of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium. Copper utilized in the production of red blood cells. Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. The human body uses manganese as a cofactor for the important antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.

Dried poppy seeds contain very small levels of opium alkaloids such as morphine, thebaine, codiene, papaverine, etc. When consumed in food, these compounds produce a minimal effect on the human nervous system. On the contrary, these chemicals found to have some beneficial effects on the human body; soothe nervous irritability, act as painkillers. Its seed extractions found useful in the pharmacy and many traditional medicines in the preparations of cough mixtures, expectorants, etc.

Nutritional value per 100 g.

(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA

Energy 525 Kcal 26%

Carbohydrates 28.13 g 22%

Protein 17.99 g 32%

Total Fat 41.56 g 139%

Cholesterol 0 mg 0%

Dietary Fiber 19.5 g 51%


Folates 82 µg 20%

Niacin 0.896 mg 5.5%

Pantothenic acid 0.324 mg 65%

Pyridoxine 0.247 mg 19%

Riboflavin 0.100 mg 8%

Thiamin 0.854 mg 71%

Vitamin A 0 IU 0%

Vitamin C 1 mg 2%

Vitamin E 1.77 mg 12%

Vitamin K 0 mg 0%


Sodium 26 mg 2%

Potassium 719 m 15%


Calcium 1438 mg 144%

Copper 01.627 mg 181%

Iron 9.76 mg 122%

Magnesium 347 mg 87%

Manganese 6.707 mg 292%

Phosphorus 870 mg 124%

Selenium 13.5 mg 24%

Zinc 7.9 mg 72%

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