Sunflower seed is a seed that is harvested from the flowers of the sunflower plant. While a striped, black skin surrounds the seeds, the sunflower seeds themselves are white and have a delicate texture. You can eat the seeds raw, roasted or in other foods. These seeds are known for their distinctive nutty taste and high nutritional value.
Three types of sunflower seeds are commonly used: linoleic, high oleic and sunflower oils. Each type has its own unique levels of unsaturated and saturated fats.
In 2019, world production of sunflower seeds was 56 million tons, led by Russia and Ukraine, accounting for 55% of the total world production. Argentina, Romania and China also account for significant global production.
Sunflower seeds are eaten more as a snack than as part of a meal. They can also be used as a condiment or raw material in various recipes. The seeds may be sold in the husk or as seeds separated from the husk.
Sometimes when the seeds are peeled, they are dried first. Later, they are fried in salt or flour to preserve the taste and marketed.
Peeled sunflower seeds are very popular in Mediterranean, Eastern European and Asian countries, where they can be bought fresh and roasted and are usually eaten as street food. The shells are opened with the help of teeth and the seeds are eaten.
In many countries, these seeds can be purchased freshly packaged in various roasted flavors. In the United States, sunflower seeds are used by baseball players as a substitute for some energy sources.
Isolated nuts are sold mechanically, raw or fried, and sometimes because of their good taste, especially in our country, Iran, they are added to bread and other baked goods. In Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Romania, roasted seeds are used to make halva.
Sunflower butter is similar to peanut butter, in fact it is made from sunflower seeds instead of peanuts, and is a common alternative for children with allergies to nuts. Apart from human consumption, sunflower seeds are sold as pet food as well as wild birds in small boxes and bags.
Sunflower seeds are rich in healthy fats, beneficial plant compounds and several vitamins and minerals. This nutrient can play a role in reducing the risk of some common diseases, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Health benefits of sunflower seeds
According to recent studies and research, consuming sunflower seeds is associated with many health benefits, including reducing the risk of diseases such as high blood pressure or heart disease. This seed contains nutrients that can strengthen your immune system and increase your energy levels.
Here are some health benefits of sunflower seeds:
For those with short-term or chronic inflammation, sunflower seeds can have anti-inflammatory benefits. Sunflower seeds contain vitamin E, flavonoids and other plant compounds that can reduce inflammation. A recent study showed that consuming sunflower seeds and other seeds five times a week or more leads to lower levels of inflammation, which reduces the risk factors and causes several chronic diseases.
Improve heart health
Sunflower seeds are rich in healthy fats, including unsaturated fats. Three-quarters of a cup of sunflower seeds contains 14 grams of fat. Studies show that consuming seeds, including sunflower seeds, is associated with a reduction in cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Immune system support
Sunflower seeds are a source of many vitamins and minerals that can strengthen your immune system and increase your ability to fight viruses. The most important of these are zinc and selenium. Zinc plays an important role in the immune system and helps the body maintain and develop immune cells. Selenium also plays a role in reducing inflammation, fighting infection and boosting immunity.
Increase energy levels
While the high protein content of sunflower seeds helps boost your energy levels, other nutrients such as B vitamins and selenium can help you maintain energy. Vitamin B1 (also thiamine) in sunflower seeds, can help you convert food into energy and thus can keep you constantly active and energetic throughout the day. On the other hand, it can increase blood flow and deliver more oxygen to your body.
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