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26 October 2010 4 Comments

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Foods that Heal is a series that brings into light various herbs, veggies, spices, nuts, seeds and fruits which have healing properties. We can get numerous health benefits by including them into our daily diet.

Sunflower seeds are one such goldmine of nutrients. The seeds are extracted from the sunflowers after removing the petals. These seeds are slightly gray in color enveloped in a dark brown shell.

Health Benefits;

  • Sunflower seeds are oil rich and produce polyunsaturated oil.
  • Rich source of selenium which is beneficial for overall health.
  • Vitamin E present in sunflower seeds helps remove the free radicals from the body.
  • Helps lower cholesterol.
  • Sunflower seeds are anti-inflammatory and helps control heart disease.
  • Magnesium present in sunflower seeds is good against high blood pressure and stroke.

Prudent ways to include sunflower seeds in diet;

  • Best way is to roast the seeds and eat them as a snack.
  • Sprinkle sunflower seeds over the salad.
  • Mix in with the morning breakfast porridge.
  • Grind the seeds and add the powder with wheat flour and make chapattis.
  • The seeds can be used whole while baking cakes and other goodies, and can be powdered and added to the baking recipes.
  • Add them to the fruit smoothies.
  • Make a spread using sunflower seeds and groundnuts and enjoy a healthy sandwich.
  • A wholewheat delight of Healthy churma laddoos with sunflower seeds could be a good edition in festive sweets.

With loads of health benefits attached to it Sun flowers seeds is a prudent choice for a healthy-living.

Hope some of these information which I gathered from various sources is useful to you. Please do share your ideas and information about sunflower seeds with us.

More information about sunflower seeds here;

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4 Comments »

  • Pushpa said:

    Very informative post,love sunflower seeds….thanks for sharing

  • Aparna said:

    They’re great in breads, rolls, granola and salads.

  • Barbara Bakes said:

    Great information. I need to starting adding more nuts and seeds to my diet.

  • FOODESSA said:

    I agree with everything you mentioned…especially since I had added them to my grocery list in the last few months. I grind them like I do for flaxseed for more of these great nutrients ;o)

    Thanks Sanjeeta for your continued healthy tips.

    Ciao,
    Claudia

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