Sunflower seeds

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Sunflower seeds

The sunflower seed is the fruit of the sunflower (Helianthus annuus). There are three types of commonly used sunflower seeds: linoleic (most common), high oleic, and sunflower oil seeds. Each variety has its own unique levels of monounsaturated, saturated, and polyunsaturated fats.

 

3 facts about sunflower seeds:

1. The term “sunflower seed” is actually a misnomer when applied to the seed in its pericarp (hull). Botanically speaking, it is a cypsela. When dehulled, the edible remainder is called the sunflower kernel or heart.

2. Sunflower seeds are excellent sources of several nutrients — including vitamin E and selenium — and beneficial plant compounds that can help prevent chronic diseases.

3. In a serving, dried whole sunflower seeds provide and are composed of water, carbohydrates, total fat and   The seeds are a rich source of protein, dietary fiber, many B vitamins and vitamin E. The seeds also contain high levels of dietary minerals, including magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, iron and zinc.