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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Poppy Seeds..

When I think about poppy seeds I think about poppy seed filling in a kolache.. or a lemon poppy seed loaf cake..I have always thought poppy seeds were great for desserts- but surprise surprise they are loaded with some terrific nutrition!

Below is a quick cut and copy from valuefoodinfo.

Poppy Seed [Scientific Name: Papaver Somniferum] (French: Pavot Somnifre, German: Mohan, Spanish: Adormidera, Other name - Khaskhas)

Poppy seed is actually an oilseed obtained from the opium poppy. Cultivation of poppy seeds has been done traditionally since centuries. Whole or grounded seeds are used as ingredient in food. Poppy seeds are mostly found in India, China and Afghanistan. There is a different variety of Poppy seed grown in the West. Use of poppy seeds is popular in Indian and European cuisines.
Reference of medicinal properties can be found in ancient medicinal texts. Ancient Egyptians used poppy seeds as sedative. Poppy seeds have been used in folk medicines as sedative, promote fertility.

Nutritional value and mineral content of Poppy seed: Poppy seed is a good source of Dietary Fiber, Thiamin, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Calcium and Manganese. It consists of mixture of fat, carbohydrates and fiber.

Chemical composition of Poppy seed : Poppy seeds consist of Unsaturated fats, EFA’s, Linolenic acid, Palmitic acid, Oleic acid, Linoleic acid and Stearic acid, which also forms part of poppy seed essential oil.

Health benefits of Poppy Seeds:
Its seeds are demulcent and are used against constipation. The capsules are used as a sedative against irritant coughing and sleeplessness in the form of syrup or extract.
Poppy paste is used as external agent treating burning sensation, itchs, relieving pain. Poppy seeds are good source of opium. Opium has several medicinal uses as pain killer and sedative. It is beneficial relieving muscular and neuralgic pain. Poppy seeds can be used to cure Ear and Tooth aches. Along with honey, poppy seed is used as home remedy to treat dysentery.
Poppy seeds have appetizing qualities. Milkshake / juice containing poppy seed is considered refreshing and a tonic.

Anti Cancer properties of Poppy seed: Some compounds of Oleic acid, which is itself a compound act as anti Breast Cancer agent. According to research done by Dr. Javier M. of NW University in Chicago oleic acid blocks the HER-2/neu, a cancer causing oncogene. High concentration of oleic acid lowers blood pressure levels and cholesterol. Besides, oleic acid lowers the risk of heart problem. Oleic acid is a major ingredient in medications used for obstructing the progression of Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD).

According to some studies conducted on Poppy seeds, Linoleic acid, reduces Bone loss associated with Osteoporosis, porosis. Linolec acid helps improve the eczema. Linolenic acid, present in Poppy seeds is responsible for lowering Serum-Cholesterol levels. Poppy seed paste has been used as skin cream. Poppy seed paste along with lime reduces itchy sensation.
Precuation need to be taken while use of poppy seed, as many people can be intolerant to its consumption. Intake in excess should be avoided.

Some other forms of commercially available forms of poppy seeds are poppy seed paste, poppy seed powder, poppy seed extract.

Never knew that poppy seeds were good for constipation! That is certainly handy! I wonder how poppy seeds would taste with blackstrap molasses??? :-)

I cannot remember the last time Abby ate poppy seeds so if I introduce them I will have to proceed with caution.. Now, should it be in a lemon poppy seed muffin or maybe a filled kolache? Wonder how hard that would be creating it gluten free,corn free,dairy free, soy free? Sounds like a tasty and potentially healthy challenge!


Jenna said...

That is very interesting, I never knew they had nutritional value. What a fun food challenge, this one seems like it will be more fun than some of the other ones that have been so hard. You are so great at creating recipes that work with Abby.

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