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Are sunflower seeds healthy?

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Sunflower seeds, often a key ingredient in trail mixes, are more than just a tasty snack. Sunflower seeds can be added to salads, smoothies, oatmeal, energy bars and even the popular dessert halva. But how healthy are sunflower seeds? Here's what you need to know about these nutritious little wonders.

Benefits of sunflower seeds

Sunflower seeds are highly nutritious and contain many vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, thiamin, vitamin B6, iron, copper, selenium, manganese and zinc. They also contain antioxidants such as vitamin E and selenium, which counteract oxidative stress and promote health. Sunflower seeds are also rich in healthy fats and some vegetable protein.

Can you gain weight with sunflower seeds?

Although sunflower seeds are very high in calories, they do not necessarily cause weight gain if you watch your portion size. However, eating too many sunflower seeds can lead to weight gain.

How many sunflower seeds should you eat daily?

Consumption of sunflower seeds should be limited to two teaspoons or two tablespoons of shelled seeds per day, or 25-30 grams as a snack. This serving provides about 160-200 calories, which are mainly fat.

In summary, sunflower seeds can be a good addition to a balanced diet, but it is important to watch portion size to avoid overeating and possible weight gain. Enjoy sunflower seeds as a tasty snack or add them to recipes where the fat from the sunflower seeds is balanced by protein for a filling meal.

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Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure that the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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