- — Kosher, Raw, Sproutable, Vegan
- — Cholesterol Free
- — Very Low in Sodium, Unsalted
- — Very Good Source of Thiamin, Vitamin B6
- — Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper, Manganese
- — Selenium, and Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)
Sunflower oil is the most popular cooking oil in the world, and it’s excellent since sunflower seeds are highly nutritious and very good for health in general. Nowadays, sunflowers are cultivated in a significant number of countries. However, they originated from the Middle American region and were brought to Europe by explorers.
Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds work well in various recipes. Besides, they make a tasty snack because of the numerous health benefits they offer.
- They lower your cholesterol levels.
These seeds are full of linoleic acid (polyunsaturated fatty acid) and oleic acid (mono-unsaturated fatty acid). These essential fatty acids lower the level of “bad” LDL cholesterol, which means that they cleanse your arteries. It reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.
- They are rich in proteins.
Proteins are essential nutrients because our bodies use them as “building blocks” for cells. Meat is the richest food source of protein, so vegetarians often risk not getting enough of this particular nutrient. Therefore, it’s essential to include seeds into your diet if you don’t eat dairy products and meat regularly.
- They are great antioxidants.
Sunflower seeds are rich in vitamin E, as well as chlorogenic, caffeic, and quinic acids. All these elements are potent antioxidants, so they protect your body from the damage dealt by free radicals.
- They are one of the best sources of B-complex vitamins.
B vitamins play an essential part in a high number of processes within your body. They are necessary for the neurological system and reduce the risk of congenital disabilities in babies (folate).
- They provide you with a hefty dose of all essential minerals.
Sunflower seeds contain all essential minerals in almost equal measure. Eating 100 grams will allow you to get almost 100% of the required daily dose of magnesium, manganese, iron, phosphorus, and selenium. Their copper content is double the required daily dose.
How to Sprout Sunflower Seeds at Home
- Yields approximately 3 Cups (1/2 lb.) of Sprouts. Prep 3 Tablespoons of seed, then transfer into a bowl or into your Sprouter. Add 2-3 times as much cool (60°-70°) water. Mix seeds up to assure even water contact for all.
- Allow seeds to soak for 6-12 hours. Empty the seeds into your Sprouter (if necessary). Drain off the soak water. Rinse thoroughly with cool (60°-70°) water. Drain thoroughly! Set your Sprouter anywhere out of direct sunlight and at room temperature (70° is optimal) between Rinses. Ensure sufficient air-circulation is provided.
- Always be sure to Drain very thoroughly. The most common cause of inferior sprouts is inadequate drainage. Rinse and Drain again every 8-12 hours for 3 days.
Enjoy your home-made sprouts!