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Can This Be True about Sunflower Seeds?

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Yesterday, I picked up a tiny bag of sunflower seeds to buy as a snack. Looking at the label, I had to read it a couple of times to see if it wasn't a typo. Calories for 1/4 cup listed at 180 - 140 from fat! Are you kidding me?! That's amazing for these little things. Just sayin.

Wishing all a happy day.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SISSY_24 3/5/2014 9:57AM

    But oh so good! lol

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RACEWELLWON 3/5/2014 9:30AM

    That's the good fat for your body ! I know right - Mmmm - Love em !

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NORWOODGIRL 3/4/2014 11:52PM

    Who knew? But they don't agree with me so I use them to keep my grosbeaks, and chickadees, and bluejays and whiskey jacks, and finches, and partridges, and .... happy. Even the foxes come to snack on them.

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EDDYMEESE 3/4/2014 10:48PM

    Tons of nutrition!

I like to eat sunflower seeds in the shell because it takes longer and feels more like "snacking"...but it gives me pimples and when I was growing up, my Aunt always said too many would make me fat(ter), lol. So I still hear her in my head and try to limit my intake!

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ELSCO55 3/4/2014 10:39PM

    never knew sunflower seeds and bananas were related to ragweed.

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LIKINMENOW 3/4/2014 9:13PM

    Woo, that is unbelieveable...thanks for the information!

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RAINBOWMF 3/4/2014 8:47PM

    crazy, I never knew!!


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WALLAHALLA 3/4/2014 8:06PM

    Crazy but true. I used to snack on them all the time. Then my allergist told me to leave them alone, because they are part of the ragweed family and were setting off my reactions. I spent a year thinking I had incurable strep because I was snacking on bananas (also related to ragweed) and sunflower seeds.

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LIVINGFREE19 3/4/2014 3:33PM

    Wow, that is crazy!

I always buy sunflower seeds for my salad that have not been roasted or salted. The babies are raw. There isn't much taste to them, but at least I am forfeiting salt and losing nutrients anyways.

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SPEEDY143 3/4/2014 2:59PM

    emoticon Yummy a salads best friend emoticon

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WOUBBIE 3/4/2014 2:05PM

    LOL! All the fuel needed to build a brand new plant in one little tiny package - yup, they're nutrient dense. Just like eggs. If you could only eat one food, eggs would be it.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 3/4/2014 12:39PM

    I believe it. That's why people think of them as a nut.

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SKATER787 3/4/2014 12:30PM

    On my 2nd try, I've had success just the other day. I started with raw sunflower seeds and soaked (sprouted) then for 8 hours then dried in 100 degree oven. They are crunchy and wonderful They contain EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids) Omega 6. They are essential because the body needs them and can't produce them itself.

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BUTEAFULL 3/4/2014 11:58AM

    they may be small...but they pack a big wallop

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MISSM66 3/4/2014 11:39AM

    yes that is true,I have a mix nuts recipe that I only have 1 ounce of because 1/2 a cup is 380 calories, the good thing about this you can have it for breakfast with almond milk like granola cereal,I love it. nuts are very high in calories.

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EABHA70 3/4/2014 11:19AM

    This is the problem for me with nuts and seeds. So good for you, but only in amounts so tiny it hardly seems worth it. I do love them, though. Great sprinkled on a salad.

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NATPLUMMER 3/4/2014 10:30AM


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CHERIJ16 3/4/2014 10:29AM

    I know they provide healthy fat but if you want to lose weight you still have to count them in your nutrition tracker and make allowances for them so you don't go over your recommended calories. BUMMER!

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    I use raw unsalted seeds in dressings or make a milk out of them. It is a good fat.

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EXOTEC 3/4/2014 9:38AM

    I suppose, if you're focused on calories, that would be quite a shocker.
That's why my restricted-carb lifestyle works better for me. And the fats? yum. Good ones.
I agree with THINFITRAWKIND tho -- they're probably ridiculously processed. Buy natural ones, and shell 'em yourself. Makes that 1/4 cup serving last a lot longer, too!
Nevermind. You did a right thing. Nuts are good snacks!

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    It's healthy fat though. People should not be afraid of fat but of consuming too many worthless carbs which elevates triglycerides that drive heart disease.

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FEMISLIM 3/4/2014 8:45AM


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SWEETNEEY 3/4/2014 8:29AM

    I have a problem with the calorie count in nuts. They pack alot of calories but they are recommend as a filler. 20 pecans = 100 calories. emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 3/4/2014 8:23AM

    It is true BUT it is ALSO true that they have HEALTHY fats that in reasonable portions assist us in dropping weight, feeling full, and provide nutrients that are important to heart and other health.

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    Yes, that's correct. And probably those little buggers were processed, not raw, and I am guessing here they had seasoning and preservatives. Not healthy, just fat and filler.

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SANDRALEET 3/4/2014 8:03AM

    Is true nuts seed even protean powder is high in calories

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