Sunflower is s a tall, erect, herbaceous annual plant belonging to the family of Asteraceae, in the genus, Helianthus. Its botanical name is Helianthus annuus. It originates from Middle American region spreading all over the world as an important commercial crop. Today, Russian Union, China, USA, and Argentina are the leading producers of sunflower crop.
- Nutritional profile: Enhance your health with handful of seeds, supplying significant amount of vitamin E, magnesium, and selenium
Good source of manganese, Phosphorus, vitamin B6 and B1, copper, niacin, and folate. Highest total phytosterol content. There are 410 calories in a 1/2 cup of hulled raw Sunflower Seeds. Calorie breakdown: 73% fat, 12% carbs, 15% protein
- Usage: Garnish mixed green salads with sunflower seeds. Adding sunflower seeds to scrambled eggs will give them a unique taste and texture. Sprinkle sunflower seeds onto hot and cold cereals. Also, excellent snack to munch on throughout the day. The seeds can be coated with chocolate, candied, or added in cakes, and muffins.
- Health benefits: Organic Sunflower seeds are diabetes-friendly snack due to the fact that they have the ideal ratio of being high in healthy fats and protein but being low in carbs. Consisting high amount of vitamin E, sunflower seed promotes cardiovascular health. Phytosterol content promotes balance cholesterol. Magnesium in these seeds protects your brain, muscles, heart, and the healthy mood. Selenium found in sunflower seeds it powerful antioxidant also playing a major role in thyroid hormone metabolism.