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Sunflower Seeds For A Healthy Snack

Sunflower Seeds For A Healthy Snack

The sunflower plant is quite majestic, especially when out in a field with hundreds more just like it. They are tall and have sunny yellow petals. What’s in the center of those petals is what people are really after; the seeds.

The simple organic seeds of the sunflower have been cultivated and eaten by cultures all over the world for thousands of years. This is because they are highly nutritious, portable and they have a warm, nutty taste people can’t resist. Sunflower seeds can be processed in a variety of different ways; raw, roasted or pressed to make oil.

The sunflower plant is more than just a pretty flower out in a field. Their seeds are a high energy snack food. They are rich in vitamins, protein, minerals, good fats and fiber. Each sunflower seed contains a tremendous source of linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid.

These seeds contain vitamin E, the B complex of vitamins, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc and calcium. If you are looking for a convenient snack that is tasty and healthy, and can provide a quick burst of energy, then consider adding sunflower seeds to your diet.

Not only is the sunflower gorgeous to look at and is appreciated aesthetically, it also contains a nutrition-packed food source in its center. The sunflower is native to many areas around the world and the seeds of the sunflower have been a significant part of the diet of Native Americans for the last 3,000 years.

Today, Russia leads the world in overall consumption of sunflower seeds. In fact, sunflower oil is the preferred choice in cooking oil there.

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