It seems almost universally believed that seeds are high in fat. I’ve talked about seeds and fat in a previous article but wanted to address this myth specifically.
First, I took a look at a wide variety of seed mixes and came up with 8 seeds that appear to be most commonly used:
- Canary grass
So, let’s look at their fat percentages:
- Compositional Analysis of Whole Grains, Processed Grains, Grain Co-Products, and Other Carbohydrate Sources with Applicability to Pet Animal Nutrition—Foods—March 2016
- MyFitnessPal (received an 83 rating by Consumer Reports)
- Nutrient Composition of Canaryseed Groats
As I mentioned in my other article, recommended fat percentages for humans fall in the 20-40% range, so 44% is definitely on the high side.
Seeds also definitely fall into very low fat and high fat categories.
- Very Low fat: Millet, canary grass, oats
- High fat: Sunflower, safflower, hemp, nyger, pumpkin
The budgie diet I used in that article contained 66% millet, 17% oats, and 8% canary grass seed (total of 97% of the seed content).… READ THE REST