Sunflower seeds come from the large flower heads of the sunflower plant. The edible variety has a mild, nutty flavour. The other variety is used to extract oil for sunflower oil.
Sunflower seeds contain nutrients and plant compounds that help reduce your risk of inflammation, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
You should always look for the shelled kernels when buying them to use in your foods. The shell is not tasty. The make for a nutty, crunchy snack and a tasty addition to countless dishes.
They pack various nutrients and plant compounds that may help fight inflammation, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Still, they’re calorie-dense and may lead to unwanted side effects if you eat too many.
So with everything: eat in moderation and they are great!
Sunflower seeds can be turn into sunflower seed butter as an alternative for almond butter when you have a nut allergie. This is also an ideal alternative for tahini when making your own hummus or alternative for pine nuts when making pesto.
Since they contain a lot of fat, it's best to store them in the fridge or at least in a dry, dark and cool place.