Sunflower seeds peeledSunflower seeds are a healthy and delicious snack for children and adults and can easily be included into our daily diet in various ways.
The seeds have antiinflammatory properties and they are very high in vitamin E, which has the ability to neutralize free radicals that accumulate in our bodies.
Reduce cholesterol. The seeds contain phytosterols, which as shown by numerous studies tend to reduce the 'bad' cholesterol levels in the body. Also sunflower contain polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fatty wich assist in reducing atherosclerosis, as these fatty acids reduce the "bad" cholesterol, while increasing the "good".
Relax our nerves. Sunflower seeds are a very good source of magnesium. Magnesium helps control nerve and muscle tone and its deficiency is associated with hyperactivity of our nerves causing muscle contractions, migraines, muscle cramps, nervousness and fatigue.
Protecting our heart. Vitamin E present in sunflower prevents cardiovascular diseases. Specifically, the antioxidants prevent oxidation of cholesterol that can damage our blood vessels and cause a stroke or cardiac arrest.
Detoxify. The high content in antioxidants such as vitamin E, polyphenols and selenium helps remove toxic substances that accumulate (oxidative stress) daily in our bodies.
They protect against various cancers. The sunflower seeds are a good source of selenium, which is a trace mineral that is absolutely necessary to preserve our health. Specifically several scientific studies have shown that selenium intake is associated with reduced risk of cancer, and selenium is involved in various mechanisms to protect against the mutation of our genetic material.
The high content of sunflower in various antioxidants protects our body from the accumulation of carcinogenic substances.
They have great nutritional value. They form a nutritious snack because it is rich in trace elements such as iron, copper, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus, zinc, vitamins such as vitamin E, folic acid, vitamin B3, vitamin B1 and vitamin B6, at well fats such as unsaturated fatty acids, and contain protein, ie 100g give 21 g protein.
How to Eat
~ Roasted seeds are consumed as snack food.
~ Roasted seeds are used as coffee.
~ Ground the seeds into flour and processed it into an alternative for peanut butter especially in Russia, China, Europe, Middle East and United States.
~ Blend the germinated seed with water and left to ferment for making seed yogurt.
~ Sprouted seeds are consumed raw.
~ Oil extracted from seeds is used in salads.
~ Consume the flower petals raw or cooked in young bud stage.
~ Flower buds during young could be lightly boiled or steamed.
~ Roasted seeds are used as a garnish for pasta and salads.
~ Add seeds to chicken, turkey and tuna salad.
~ In Germany, seeds flour is used to make dark bread.