Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Fruit of the Sunflower

Looking for a health-promoting snack? Enjoy a handful of mild nutty tasting sunflower seeds with their firm but tender texture to take care of your hunger and get a wealth of nutrition at the same time. Sunflower seeds are available at your local market throughout the year.

Sunflower seeds are the gift of the beautiful sunflower that has rays of petals emanating from its bright yellow, seed-studded center. The flower produces grayish-green or black seeds encased in tear-dropped shaped gray or black shells that oftentimes feature black and white stripes. Since these seeds have a very high oil content, they are one of the main sources of polyunsaturated oil.



A handful of sunflower seeds will take care of your hunger, while also enhancing your health by supplying significant amounts of vitamin E (anti-inflammatory and supports cardiovascular function), magnesium (good for nerves, muscles and blood vessels) and selenium (aids in detoxification and cancer prevention).  The phytosterols in sunflower seeds may help lower cholesterol.


Read more about the health benefits of sunflower seeds on World's Healthiest Foods.

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