Sunflower seeds are sourced from the sunflower plant which is native to North America, particularly among Native American tribes and family to the Asteraceae family.

 

In the 1800s the seeds were then first cultivated for commercial purposes in Russia and then later spread world-wide.

 

 

Sunflowers produce yellow flowers which then form small edible seeds that appear grey to green in colour and are contained in dark coloured shells named husks.

 

 

Health Benefits

 

  • Are abundant in healthy linoleic fatty acids which actually help to lower bad cholesterol levels (LDLs) and prevent high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and even effective in treating acne. (1)

 

  • A great source of fibre which helps to clear the digestive tract and cleanse the colon. (2)

 

  • An excellent source of vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant which helps maintain youthful skin and prevents the formation of free radicals and thus reduces the risk of cancerous cells in the body.(3) (4)

 

  • An excellent source of protein which is hugely beneficial for the growth and repair of muscles and the synthesis of amino acids in the body. (5)

 

  • A great source of copper which is essential to support the uptake of iron to deliver faster rates of oxygen to red blood cells. (6) (7)

 

  • A good source of B-vitamins which are essential for the metabolic breakdown of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. (8)

 

  • Good levels of magnesium which helps to balance the calcium to potassium ratios within cells to maintain fluidity and reduces sugar levels in blood to prevent diabetes.(9) (10)

 

  • Good levels of selenium which is important to maintain thyroid functions that regulate temperature, blood flow and metabolic rate. (11)

 

 

Sunflower Seeds Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, raw

  Amt. Per
Serving
% Daily
Value*
Calories 584
Calories from Fat 120
Total Fat 51 g 78%
Saturated Fat 4.5 g 22%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 9 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 20 g 6%
Dietary Fibre 9 g 36%
Sugar 2.6 g
Protein 21 g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 7% Iron 29%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.

 

 

 

 

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