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What Are Sunflower Seeds?
The sunflower seed is considered the fruit of the sunflower, consisting of edible kernels surrounded by a black shell. The seeds are pressed to extract their oil or dehulled and roasted or consumed as a popular snack. They can also be added to salads, bars, breakfast bowls and desserts to give dishes a crunchy and satisfying twist. They can also be used to produce sunflower butter, a popular allergy-friendly alternative to nut butters made from peanuts or almonds.
So are sunflower seeds good for you? Sunflower seeds are loaded with many important nutrients and have been associated with a number of health benefits. In particular, studies show that the nutrients and compounds found in sunflower seeds could reduce the risk of heart disease, fight against cancer, improve thyroid function and keep blood sugar steady. And best of all, sunflower seeds are delicious and versatile, making it easy to add them into a healthy and well-rounded diet.
Benefits of Sunflower Seeds
- Reduce Risk of Heart Disease
- May Help Fight Against Cancer
- Support Thyroid Function
- Combat Bone Loss and Muscle Cramps
- Balance Blood Sugar Levels
- Promote Skin Health
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Sunflower Seeds Nutrition Facts
Take a look at the sunflower seeds nutrition profile and it’s easy to see why it’s considered one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. Although there are relatively few calories in sunflower seeds, each serving packs in a serious punch of micronutrients like vitamin E, thiamine, manganese and copper.
One cup (about 46 grams) of dried sunflower seeds with the hull contains approximately: (19)
- 269 calories
- 9.2 grams carbohydrates
- 9.6 grams protein
- 23.7 grams fat
- 4 grams dietary fiber
- 15.3 milligrams vitamin E (76 percent DV)
- 0.7 milligram thiamine (45 percent DV)
- 0.9 milligram manganese (45 percent DV)
- 0.8 milligram copper (41 percent DV)
- 150 milligrams magnesium (37 percent DV)
- 24.4 micrograms selenium (35 percent DV)
- 0.6 milligram vitamin B6 (31 percent DV)
- 304 milligrams phosphorus (30 percent DV)
- 104 micrograms folate (26 percent DV)
- 3.8 milligrams niacin (19 percent DV)
- 2.3 milligrams zinc (15 percent DV)
- 2.4 milligrams iron (13 percent DV)
- 0.2 milligram riboflavin (10 percent DV)
- 297 milligrams potassium (8 percent DV)
- 0.5 milligram pantothenic acid (5 percent DV)
In addition to the nutrients listed above, sunflower seeds also contain some calcium and vitamin C.
Sunflower Seeds in Ayurveda and TCM
Thanks to its concentrated nutrient profile, the sunflower seed is thought to have many health benefits and is often used in several forms of holistic medicine.
Sunflower seeds are considered a tonic in Traditional Chinese Medicine and are typically used to aid in digestion and promote regularity. Sunflower seeds are also used to help prevent coughing, hydrate the skin and improve the health of the lungs.
On an Ayurvedic diet, meanwhile, sunflower seeds are considered highly nutritive and satisfying. Spicing them up with some healing herbs and spices is an excellent way to amp up the flavor and reap the rewards of sunflower seeds as a nourishing snack.
Sunflower Seeds Dangers and Side Effects
Sunflower seeds are popular for both their rich flavor and extensive nutrient profile. They also boast a long list of sunflower seed benefits, ranging from improved thyroid function to protection against chronic disease. However, there are some downsides to this popular food that should also be considered.
Salted sunflower seeds can be high in sodium, which can contribute to high blood pressure and other issues like bone loss and kidney problems. (20, 21, 22) Opting for raw, unsalted sunflower seeds, keeping your intake in moderation and pairing them with a good variety of low-sodium foods can prevent these health problems and keep your sodium intake under control.
Sunflower seeds are also high in omega-6 fatty acids. While your body does need these healthy fats, having too many omega-6 fatty acids in your diet and not enough omega-3 fatty acids can contribute to inflammation and health problems like heart disease. (23) Be sure to include several other heart-healthy omega-3 foods in your meals throughout the day to keep your ratio of essential fatty acids in check.
Additionally, because sunflower seeds have a very high oil content, it is common for them to be used as the base for processed polyunsaturated oils. While sunflower seeds themselves are very healthy, oils made using sunflower seeds can be unfavorable because they do not hold up well to high-heat cooking.
Polyunsaturated fats can easily become rancid and undergo oxidation when you cook with them, turning them into a vehicle for toxins rather than nutrients. The high heat and pressure involved in extracting oil from something like sunflower seeds destroys their antioxidants and alters the chemical nature of the fat, creating dangerous free radicals.
Many types of polyunsaturated oils are inexpensive and widely available because they are made with cheap crops like corn and soybeans, which are often genetically modified. Unrefined coconut oil is a much better option than sunflower oil when it comes to high-heat cooking. This oil is far less processed and also has a higher heat threshold, reducing the risk of free radical formation and nutrient loss.
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