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Sunflower seeds… Can they be consumed during a diet?

– A perfect snack
Sunflower seeds can very well fit as a delicious and perfect snack since they provide us the feeling of satiety we’re looking for. As such, they ease our appetite and may be quite effective as part of some dieting plans. However, a special attention should be given to the quantity consumed and which should not exceed 30 grams (or a handful) per day. Moreover, it is always best to go for unsalted sunflower seeds.

– A natural anti-cholesterol
Sunflower seeds are, indeed, known for being rich in unsaturated fatty acids and may thus help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, an adequate quantity consumption of such seeds would help lower bad cholesterol (LDL).

– A excellent anti-aging
Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of antioxidants. They also contain a good dose of vitamin E, of essential fatty acids and of phytosterols.

– A mine of vitamins and minerals
Sunflower seeds are a good source of vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6. They are also a primary source of phosphorus and they contain manganese, copper, iron, and magnesium.

– An important source of fibers
Sunflower seeds are very rich in fibers. As such, fibers can help in cases of mild constipation, in reducing the risk of colon cancer, in preventing cardiovascular diseases and in assisting in the control of type 2 diabetes.

Caution! People suffering from kidney or urinary stones, and who should adopt an oxalate-free diet plan (sunflower seeds do contain oxalates) should avoid consuming such seeds; thus, they should consult their doctor about such a matter.

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