If you are looking for healthy snacks, you need to consider adding sunflower seeds to your list. A delicious and nutritious way to help to improve your health, sunflower seeds can be eaten raw, roasted, or used for flavor and texture in a variety of meals.
Many people are unfamiliar with the benefits of eating sunflower seeds from vitamins and minerals, to lowering the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. Often considered the “unofficial snack” of baseball and softball, sunflower seeds availability has increased recently and sunflower oil has also become a top selling item in health food stores.
The oil is typically extracted by applying great pressure to the sunflower seeds and collecting the oil which can be used for cooking and baking. The original sunflower oil (linoleic sunflower oil) is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (about 68% linoleic acid) and low in saturated fats, such as palmitic acid and stearic acid.
Sunflower seeds have great nutritional value. In addition to linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid), sunflower seeds are also an excellent source of dietary fiber, amino acids such as tryptophan, protein, carbohydrates, vitamin E, many forms of vitamin B, and minerals such as copper, manganese, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, selenium, calcium and zinc. Available at your local market throughout the year, it can be an excellent alternative to replace cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and even gum.
Lastly, sunflower seeds are fairly affordable comparing to other nuts and healthy snacks. Just choose your favorite type, unsalted, salted, roasted, or organic, and start enjoying the benefits of this delicious healthy snack.
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