Sunflower seeds are one of Nature’s nutrition powerhouses. Loaded with protein, healthy unsaturated oils, and essential vitamins and minerals, the friendly sunflower seed is one of the most nutrient-dense nuts and seeds.
Known to its plant friends and botanists as Helianthus annuus, the humble seed is brimming with goodness, providing:
- very good source of proteins loaded with fine quality amino acids, especially tryptophan.
- healthy source of essential fatty acids; their specific fatty acids are in the form of linoleic acid.
- very rich source of vitamin E, a potent antioxidant.
- one of the finest sources of B-complex group of vitamins, being a great source of B-complex vitamins such as niacin, folic acid, thiamin (vitamin B1), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), pantothenic acid, and riboflavin.
- incredibly rich source of many essential minerals; calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper are especially concentrated in sunflower seeds.
- excellent source of fibre.
Oft attributed to Europe, the sunflower is actually native to the America’s with evidence of cultivation going back to 3000 BCE. Native American Indians used them extensively for food, medicine, dye and oil. Spanish conquistadors then took them on a voyage to Europe circa 1500 and it was the Russians who were the first to spot the potential and cultivate them commercially, remaining a leader in sunflower production to this day.
The bakers at Megabake Kitchens LOVE sunflower seeds and thinking of them and eating them always seems to make them smile. It should come as no surprise that these little powerhouses are an important ingredient in both the Witch Eater and the Art of Suffering energy bars.
Megabake uses only the finest Australian-grown, pesticide-free sunflower seeds. They are always plump, fresh and delicious.
Get a little sunshine in your life from these happy plants. Let these little gems harness a little sunshine for you, get it in your belly, and reap the nutritional benefits.
Sunflower Seeds Nutrition Data
|Principal Nutrients||Per 100 g|
|Energy||2,445 kJ (584 cal)|
|- of which saturated||4.5 g|
|- of which sugars||2.6 g|
|Dietary Fibre||10.8 g|
|Minerals||Per 100 g|
|Sodium (Na)||9 mg|
|Potassium (K)||460 mg|
|Iron (Fe)||5 mg|
|Magnesium (Mg)||370 mg|
|Phosphorous (P)||840 mg|
|Selenium (Se)||5 mg|
|Zinc (Zn)||6 mg|
|Calcium (Ca)||100 mg|
|Copper (Cu)||2 mg|