Suflower Seeds


What are Sunflower Seeds?

Sunflower is one of the most important oil seed crop grown in the world. A tiny sunflower seed is a package of healthy unsaturated fats, protein, fiber and other important nutrients like vitamin E, selenium, copper, zinc, folate, iron and phytochemicals.

After palm, soy and rapeseed oil, sunflower oil is considered fourth with a significant worldwide production.



Taste/Texture

Mild and nutty; firm but tender.



Benefits of Sunflower Seeds

Excellent source of Vitamin E, Vitamin B, Antioxidants, Fatty acids & Protein


Vitamin E


  • Sunflower seeds are the best whole-food source of vitamin E, a nutrient that may slow the effects of aging, boosts the immune system, and prevents cardiovascular disease

  • Vitamin E travels throughout the body, neutralizing free radicals

  • By protecting these cellular and molecular components, vitamin E has significant anti-inflammatory effects that result in the reduction of symptoms in asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, conditions where free radicals and inflammation play a big role.

Antioxidants


  • Sunflower seeds are also packed with four times more antioxidants than blueberries, walnuts, and peanuts, boosting the immune system and lowering blood pressure and bad cholesterol.

Fatty acids


  • The seeds are especially rich in poly-unsaturated fatty acid linoleic acid, which comprise more 50% of the fatty acids in them.

  • They are also good in mono-unsaturated oleic acid that helps lower LDL or "bad cholesterol" and increases HDL or "good-cholesterol" in the blood.

Protein


  • Like other nuts, sunflower seeds are also a very good source of proteins with high quality amino acids such as tryptophan.

  • Just 100 g of seeds provide about 21 g of protein (37% of daily-recommended values).



How to Eat
  • Roasted and salted sunflower seeds are enjoyed as a healthy snack.

  • Sunflower seeds add crunchiness to salads or sprinkle them over fried-rice dishes or vegetable preparations.

  • Sunflower seeds can be coated with chocolate, candied, or added in cakes.

  • Sunflower seeds can be added to casseroles or baked goods.

  • Try them in stir-frys, spreads, or side dishes for an extra nutty crunch, or add them to breads and muffins to boost the nutrient profile.



Storage
  • Store dried or roasted seeds in an airtight container in the refrigerator, no more than 10 to 14 days. For longer storage, place in the freezer.

  • Keep away sunflower seeds from moisture.