Monday, May 24, 2010
I reported to you the over rated and now I will share an under rated food with you.
From my Nutrition Action Health Letter
Almonds, walnuts, pecans.You often hear about their virtues. But sunflower seeds are rarely in the spotlight. That's partly because there's no seed-industry group that sponsors research and plugs sunflower seeds like the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation does for almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts.
That's a shame, because sunflower seeds are at least as good as most nuts... and they're cheaper. A quarter cup of sunflower seeds has 3 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein plus 25 to 75 percent of a day's copper, vitamin E, selenium, and manganese and roughly 10 percent of a day's zinc, magnesium, and vitamin B-6.
For a snack, buy sunflower seeds in the shell it will slow down munching. Fro tossing on salads or yogurt, buy them raw, unsalted and shell free. You can easily roast them in a toaster oven for richer flavor. There's only one catch: every 1/4 cup contains 180 calories and it's tough to stop there.
I hope you enjoy. More to come!