yesterday I dropped my little bag of sunflower seeds on the kitchen floor! So while I spent a fascinating and inspiring time trying to pick them all up again, I decided to write a post about them and provide you with some information about theses small beige power packages.
Did you know that the sunflower originates from South America and was first brought to Europe by the Spanish as a decorative plant? And only in the 19th century the Russians discovered that oil could be pressed from their seeds.
Sunflower seeds in their peeled form are a valuable addition to a healthy nutrition. Not only do they contain lots of minerals like calcium, manganese and iron and selenium as well as quite big amounts of folic acid, but also vitamins A, B, E, D and K. Plus they have a good share of unsaturated healthy fatty acids. 100 g sunflower seeds contain 24 g protein, 20 g carbohydrates and 47 g fat as well as about 600kcal. Be careful – as with other nuts and grains – not to overeat. But then 1tbsp over your yogurt or your salad, ground in your sauce or put on top of your bread is enough for a day.
It is a good indicator for the goodness of the seeds that the animal world just loves them!
High quality cold-pressed sunflower oil also is excellent in binding toxins. Use it for the ancient, daily Ayurvedic method of mouth cleansing by “chewing” the oil for 5-10 minutes. After that, be careful not to swallow it since you would swallow all the toxins, but spitting the oil and discarding it, whereafter you should carefully brush your teeth. This method can for example bind toxins (as released from amalgam fillings) from tissue and teeth.
Sunflower seeds can be used as a TV snack (always in moderation) and in many delicious ways in your daily dishes.