Monday, 25 June 2012
Sunflower seeds a great vegan snack.
Feeling like you want snack on something during a scary movie? Or while doing homework? Or reading a good book?
Grab some sunflower seeds!
You can get them flavored in BBQ, dill, salted and unsalted.
They can get very addictive. :)
Here are the health benefits to eating sunflower seeds. A great vegan snack.
Sunflower seeds are packed with vitamins, including vitamin B1 and B5, vitamin E and folate. They also provide a healthy dose of copper, magnesium, selenium and phosphorous–important minerals. Just a quarter of a cup–four tablespoons–of seeds holds half the daily requirement or more of these important nutrients. The fats present in sunflower seeds are also good quality, heart healthy fats that can help increase “good” cholesterol and protect the heart and cardiovascular system.
Of these nutrients, vitamin E in particular is a powerful antioxidant, helping preserve cardiovascular health. Sunflower seeds are quite high in vitamin E, with ninety percent of the recommended daily allowance of this vitamin in a quarter cup. Also helpful to cardiovascular health and cholesterol maintenance are lignans, arginine and phenolic acids. While these substances are less well-known to most people, studies increasingly show benefits from increasing their intake.