Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower Seeds

 Sunflower seeds are popular in trail mix, multi-grain bread and nutrition bars, as well as for snacking straight from the bag.Sunflower seeds are technically the fruits of the sunflower plant (Helianthus annuus).
The sunflower seeds you eat are encased in inedible black-and-white striped shells, also called hulls. Those used for extracting sunflower oil have solid black shells.
Sunflower seeds have a mild, nutty flavor and a firm but tender texture. They’re often roasted to enhance the flavor, though you can also buy them raw.
Advantages Of Sunflower Seeds:-Sunflower seeds may help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar as they contain vitamin E, magnesium, protein, linoleic fatty acids and several plant compounds.Furthermore, studies link sunflower seeds to multiple other health benefits.
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, which can lead to heart attack or stroke.A compound in sunflower seeds blocks an enzyme that causes blood vessels to constrict. As a result, it may help your blood vessels relax, lowering your blood pressure. The magnesium in sunflower seeds helps reduce blood pressure levels.

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  •  1.Sunflower seeds are the fruits (achenes) of the sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.).The seeds are 10-15 mm long and 4 mm broad, cylindrical or drop-shaped.
    2.The sunflower seed consists of a hard hull (pericarp) and a kernel, which is the actual seed (Ecoport, 2012). There are two major types of sunflower seeds:Oil type seeds contain 40% oil and represent 80-95% of sunflower seed production.
    3.Sunflower seeds are mainly used for oil extraction, they are also edible and can be used as snacks and as an ingredient for bakery specialties.
    4.They may be sprouted and put into salads.Apart from their uses in the food industry, non-oil type sunflower seeds are common ingredients in pet bird food.
    5.Oil-type sunflower seeds have a valuable oil content and fatty acid composition for livestock, notably beef and dairy cattle.