Top 3 Reasons to Eat Raw Sunflower Seeds Now
by Hicham Chraibi
amino acids, along with magnesium, potassium, zinc and Vitamin E. In fact, a
quarter-cup serving provides 90 percent of daily Vitamin E requirements, which helps
prevent asthma, arthritis, colon cancer and cardiovascular disease. Magnesium
promotes a healthy immune system and strong bones, potassium improves kidney
functioning, and zinc supports healthy overall growth. Even when roasted, these
kernels lose only a minimal amount of vitamins and minerals, and still pack a
powerful health punch.

Sunflower seeds taste great

Even those who don't like raw sunflower seeds might enjoy them roasted or covered
in chocolate. They are a tasty, easily portable snack for healthy eaters on the go, yet
versatile enough for use in gourmet dishes. Whether used as a topping or baked right
into the dish, they are a great addition to salads, breads, fish, pasta and vegetables.
Salted sunflower seeds provide extra flavor, but can also increase cholesterol
significantly. For that reason, unsalted sunflower seeds provide the maximum health
benefit and can still add texture to many recipes.

Sunflower seeds make you happy

These kernels contain tryptophan, an amino acid that helps create the
neurotransmitter serotonin. In turn, serotonin eases tension, relaxes nerves and
prevents depression. There is also a plentiful supply of selenium, a nutrient believed
to lighten a mood almost instantaneously. That's a powerful perk for such an
easy-to-use snack. They are versatile, healthy and tasty, not to mention
budget-friendly, so your wallet will be happy too. Health, flavor and happiness - what
more could you want? Try a pack and you'll know this tasty snack is not just for the
birds!


About The Author

Hicham Chraibi is a Food Scientist at Superior Nut Company, a successful nut, candy
& chocolate manufacturer based in Massachusetts since 1929.
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Some think raw sunflower seeds are
for the birds, and it's true that
feathered friends love these little
treats. But it's surprising just how
much these power-packed little
kernels can bring to the table for
humans, including improved moods,
nutrition, and taste. There are plenty
of great reasons to consider adding
them to your diet today - while
saving some for the birds, of course.

Sunflower seeds are nutritious

Whether roasted or raw, they provide
ample amounts of protein-building
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