Organic sunflower seeds are highly nutritious and can be enjoyed raw or lightly toasted. They make a great snack and can be sprinkled into salads, stir-fries, muesli or on breakfast cereal. They are also a delightful addition to baking, especially cakes, muffins, breads and biscuits. You can also make sunflower butter, a tasty nutritious spread.
Antioxidants Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E (the body’s primary fat-soluble anti-oxidant), providing over 35g per 100g of seeds. These help to neutralise free radicals thereby protecting brain health and cell membranes against redness and swelling. They also contain abundant anti-oxidant polyphenol compounds such as chlorogenic acid, quinic acid and caffeic acid. Chlorogenic acid for example helps reduce blood sugar by limiting glycogen breakdown in the liver.
Folate:Sunflower seeds are high in folate, which promotes cardiovascular health. Folate metabolises homocysteine (an indicator of cardiovascular problems), into methionine (an amino acid).
Phytosterols Sunflower seeds are even higher than pumpkin seeds in their phytosterol content (280mg/100g). These are plant compounds with a similar chemical structure to cholesterols. They help reduce cholesterol levels, enhance immune response and decrease the risk of certain cancers.
Fatty acidsSunflower seeds are high in the polyunsaturated fatty acid linoleic acid, and also the monounsaturated oleic acid. These helps lower LDL (the ‘bad’ cholesterol) and increase HDL (the ‘good’ cholesterol).
Protein There is a good amount of protein in sunflower seeds, especially in the form of the amino acid tryptophan.
Minerals Magnesium – a quarter cup of sunflower seeds provides over 25% of the recommended daily value of magnesium. Selenium – also a powerful anti-oxidant, and helps with thyroid hormone metabolism and encourage DNA repair. Copper – good for skin and hair. It is used to make melanin. B1 (thiamine) Manganese
Organic farming uses the best of traditional agriculture and responsiveness to the land to create biodiversity and environmental balance; a sustainable approach free from artificial intervention.
Recommended storage: In a cool, dry environment, avoiding strong odours. Ideal temperature between 10–12 degrees.