just a link about sunflower seeds and what they can do for us...I trust, am posting in the right place, if not, sorry, Diana...so if you deem you need to relocate it, that´s fine. thanks
Great linking Mongi!
I copied a bit more from that post:
Here’s a short list of what they can do for you:
- They control cell damage, thus playing a role in preventing cancer. This is because sunflower seeds are a good source of selenium, which is a proven enemy of cancer.
- They contain bone-healthy minerals. Besides calcium, your bones need magnesium and copper to stay strong. Sunflower seeds have both these minerals. As a bonus, they also contain Vitamin E, which helps ease arthritic pain.
- They keep you calm. Yes! The magnesium in sunflower seeds is reputed for soothing the nerves, thus easing away stress, migraines and helping you relax.
- They bring a glow to your skin. The star in this role: Vitamin E again, which combats UV rays and keeps skin youthful.
- They ease every condition that’s inflammatory in nature, such as joint pain, gastric ulcers, skin eruptions, asthma and such. That’s because sunflower seeds are loaded with antioxidants.
- Just ¼ cup of sunflower seeds a day can keep heart troubles away. These small seeds disallow ‘bad’ cholesterol from sticking to the walls of your arteries, thus preventing heart attacks.
After reading this added them to my salad with quinoa, hemp seeds, and Goji berries. Healthy!
Good news! I have a packet in the cupboard for snacking on everyday
Sunflower seeds, should they benefit:
indeed they only benefit if they´re eaten separately e. g. as a snack during a walk, at the steering wheel or at home -slightly warmed on a baking sheet, yummi-, spread over a salad too is fine, but to mix them with all kinds of spices and ingredients, they may go unnoticed (or " unsung " as I call it) because the more ingredients in a dish the harder for the stomach to sort for all to be for the birds...above all though, without enough liquid, nothing works as one day in the long run, the stomach just gets tired having had to knead through all the stuff without enough liquid over the years and perish the word, we may stand there...
--just wanted to add a little detail--.
Will keep that in mind.
Who knew? LoL
Mongi did, this is why it's great to share knowledge.
I put sunflower seeds on my cereal. Does that practice still allow them to work?
very good question, Stuart, hard to answer though, as seeds and cereals together are a "delicate issue", so unlogical it is...but logically, it´s a practice that allows them to work since you put sunflower seeds on your cereal without having noticed any apparent side effects...
By the way, our attitude also plays an important part if all is indissolubly connected and " life after all, is what we make it " , diet being the fuel, diet that some put in second place -like myself too at times-...So I guess, only a postive attitude has a positive impact on the psyche, namely whether the organism is willing to danse to the piper...But Diana will sure have the right answer.
It is good to start the sprouting process to make them more digestable.
I’ve been sprouting nuts and seeds for years. It’s so much healthier for you and I love the taste!
WHY Soak Nuts and Seeds:
- They Taste Better: Raw nuts or seeds can have a bitter taste due to enzyme inhibitors.
- They Digest Better: These enzyme inhibitors can affect the digestion of the nut or seed. Soaking them removes the enzyme inhibitors.
- High Nutrition: Many nuts and seeds you buy are already roasted. This removes the enzyme inhibitors but also destroys many of the nutrients. Soaking raw nuts and seeds without roasting will keep them more nutritious.
- Less Fat: Soaking removes 30 percent of the oil content making nuts and seeds easier on the liver and digestion and, of course, reduces calories.
- More protein: When the enzyme inhibitors are washed away the digestion of the proteins and carbohydrates also begins. Protein absorption is thus improved.
Thank you, Diana, for what you have shared above, especially what you indicated about the benefit of soaking nuts and that the roasting of nuts destroys many of their nutrients.
Thanks for all the priceless knowledge.
Really appreciate your sharing.
Diana´s knowledge and contribution get the mind to move and so, doubtless has a great and positive effect on the health..thanks, Diana T.,
Thank you Mongi!
I love sunflower seeds.
According to my research the only health benefit from eating sunflower seeds are:
- Calories (1/2 cup Ë[64 grams or about 2 oz] oil roasted hulled sunflower seeds has 400 Calories)
- Proteins (1/2 cup): 12 grams
- Unsaturated fats (oleic and linoleic), which, **if substituted for saturated fats** can decrease the risk of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease
Selenium, magnesium and vitamin E probably have no benefits for individuals who have normal blood levels of these minerals and vitamins.
Great article. Mulder was always eating sunflower seeds in The X-Files.
I like roasting the seeds and sprinkling them on my food. Today I sprinkled them on my rice and vegetables.
That sounds yummy, Cupid.
I eat soaked sunflower seeds twice a day. I always add them to my salads to make them crunchy.
I remember a description about Russian solders being strong on sunflower seeds so I looked it up. This is what I found. "Back in the time of the czars, Russian soldiers were sent off into the field with a 2-pound sack of sunflower seeds for food." In Russia people eat sunflower seeds like we chew gum.