Yes, seeds and nuts are good for you, your heart and colon. Sunflower seeds help keep bad cholesterol down too! They contain magnesium which helps keep blood pressure down and there are benefits for diabetics too! Magnesium is good for the bones and those with arthritis as the oils are good oils that help cushion and keep our joints flexible. You can buy lightly salted versions and Trader Joe's has the "Raw" Version...which has no junk added to them.
Seeds are an easily digestible source of protein...maybe try Pepitas which are already shelled Pumpkin Seeds.
The Brand "Orale" can be found at Super Walmart they are natural hulled pumpkin seeds. Found by the Ethnic foods...Spanish section. They have no salt and taste yummy to me.
Adding either Sunflower or Pepita to a salad is a good way to get in a small portion. Enjoy!
9/16/13 6:47 A
Ditto what Becky said. I buy plain unroasted unsalted sunflower seeds (same with pumpkin seeds). Even though they are a "healthy choice", it is very easy to overdo. And it's easy to see how they can take a "healthy choice" and turn it into something not-so-healthy, by roasting in oil and adding a lot of salt.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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