Sunflower seeds, dried

Sunflower seeds, dried

The term "sunflower seed" is actually a misnomer when applied to the seed in its pericarp (hull). Botanically speaking, it is a cypsela. When dehulled, the edible remainder is called the sunflower kernel or heart.

For commercial purposes, sunflower seeds are usually classified by the pattern on their husks. If the husk is solid black, the seeds are called black oil sunflower seeds. The crops may be referred to as oilseed sunflower crops. These seeds are usually pressed to extract their oil. Striped sunflower seeds are primarily used for food; as a result, they may be called confectionery sunflower seeds.

Sunflower seeds are more commonly eaten as a snack than as part of a meal. They can also be used as garnishes or ingredients in various recipes. The seeds may be sold as in-shell seeds or dehulled kernels. The seeds can also be sprouted and eaten in salads.

Dried sunflower seeds Nutrition Facts: Calories, Carbs, and Health Benefits

Dried sunflower seeds are 4.73% water, 20% carbohydrates, 20.78% protein, and contain 51.46% fat. If you consume one cup of dried sunflower seeds it will provide you with 29.092 grams of protein. That translates to 63.24 percent of the 46 grams of protein women should include in their daily diet and 51.95 percent of the 56 grams men need on a daily basis, according to the Institute of Medicine (US). That same in a 100 gram amount, dried sunflower seeds supply 584 calories and are a natural source of Vitamin B1 (thiamin), Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), and Vitamin B3 (niacin) (134.55%, 103.46%, and 59.54% of the Daily Value, respectively). So if you have dried sunflower seeds in your diet, it helps your body to convert the food into energy, maintain proper functioning of nerves and muscles, protect itself from cardiovascular deseases and it is effective against cell deathheart failure due to thiamine deficiencyfatigue and loss of appetite. Furthermore they contain a large amount of Copper, Manganese and Magnesium attaining 200%, 108.33% and 104.84% of the Daily Value in a 100 g (3.5 Oz), respectively.