All the favorite sunflower seeds very often cause various kinds of discussions. Some say that the seeds are harmful, others insist that they are useful. Than seeds are useful and whether they can harm the body, the Country of Soviets will tell.
Dentists have already warned us that seeds are very harmful to our teeth. But we do not listen to their instructions and continue to grind sunflower seeds. They are so delicious. And you never thought about the question: how useful are sunflower seeds?
Useful properties of seeds can be listed for a very long time. They contain a number of vitamins, fats and micronutrients, which are necessary for the body. Let's take a closer look at each of these aspects.
Sunflower seeds are rich in fat-soluble vitamins A, B, D and E. Vitamin A is useful for vision and also respondsfor the preservation of youthful skin. B vitamins help fight skin diseases, such as pimples and dandruff. Also, the vitamins of this group strengthen the nervous system and help to increase efficiency. Vitamin D is responsible for the absorption of calcium by the bone tissues of the body. A vitamin E very well affects the condition of nails and hair, reduces the risk of cancer and strengthens the cardiovascular system of man. As you can see, the content of such a quantity of vitamins in no way will make us doubt the useful properties of seeds.
Sunflower seeds are a storehouse of various microelements. In the grains of this product is very largethe amount of magnesium, zinc, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, fluorine, iron, iodine ... And this is not all the elements that are contained in seeds. It is especially worth noting the presence in them of a trace element such as selenium.
Selenium has pronounced antioxidant properties. Sufficient amount of selenium in the bodyprevents various liver diseases and normalizes the functions of the thyroid gland. It is believed that selenium protects the body from the development of cancer. The properties of selenium simply can not be underestimated. Therefore, do not even think about whether seeds are useful if they contain such an important trace element.
And now let's talk about the bad. It turns out that the seeds are also harmful. Mostly they have a negative effect on the state of tooth enamel. Lusping seeds, we ourselves destroy the structure of tooth enamel, which leads to certain problems of the oral cavity. The destruction of tooth enamel is fraught with tooth decay. Seeds are also not recommended for those who want to lose weight. This is a very fatty product, the caloric content of half a cup of seeds is equal to one chocolate bar.
Still it is worth considering that seeds contain dangerous elements of cadmium, lead and various nitrates. The fact is that the roots of the sunflower are pulled from the soilany items. All this is deposited in seeds, and then falls into the human body. Particularly dangerous for human cadmium. Accumulating in the body, it affects the nervous system and provokes serious diseases of the kidneys and bones.
As you can see, the harm and benefit of sunflower seeds are obvious. Only you decide: whether to use this product for food or not. The heat treatment greatly affects the use of seeds. All described wonderful properties of seeds are preserved only in raw seeds. When frying, they lose most of the nutrients. Therefore, try to eat only slightly dried seeds, but not fried. By the way, do not buy purified seeds. Without the shell, fats are oxidized in them.
Why are seeds useful besides the above properties? Psychologists say that the process of luscious seeds calms nerves. Also, people who are trying to quit smoking will appreciate them. After all, seeds make you forget about craving for another cigarette.
We hope that now you know how useful seeds are. Use them in moderation, and then you will feel the benefits that they bring to the body. Enjoy!