When one thinks about sunflower seeds, flashes of bad breath, baseball players shooting seeds without thought, and David’s sunflower seeds engulf the mind. But if you spent a little time looking into the nutrition behind the seeds, some misconceptions over the little seeds would easily be cleared up. Although it is not scientific, the fact that you have to crack the seed and eat the kernel and then repeat to reap the tasty benefits is a built in moderation monitor. Having to work for the prized kernel makes those lazy eaters feel good about themselves. But the real science behind seeds is incredible. For an object that weighs a fractional amount, sunflowers seeds just might be the Allen Iverson of snack foods, pound for pound the best in the game.
There was a study performed on mice to test the effects of Monosodium Glutamate, or MSG. A small injection of MSG was given to a large sample size of mice over the period of 6 months to test their reaction. The results were shocking. Significant liver inflammation, central obesity, and type 2 diabetes plagued the mice after this small amount of time. Further studies have been performed to establish that the same effects are translate to humans (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18178378).
As a local Miramonte High School student, I know that teenagers love sunflower seeds! Simple Seeds started as a desire to create a sunflower seed with natural and tasty flavors. Simple Seeds has become a quest to innovate a concept that has been constantly the same in my lifetime. Since I was a youngin’, products with natural and whole ingredients were instilled in my family. The first lesson I learned was the fewer ingredients the better: the more natural the product. To me, flavors and good taste should come from simple, wholesome, and natural ingredients. Taste is the second thing. I have grown up eating savory, home cooked creative food from my family. So therefore processed products have never appealed to me. Simple Seeds is the intersection of natural, tasty, and simple.
In Depth Nutrition Analysis
Being from the nut family, maybe a distant cousin, sunflower seeds are packed full of protein and amino acids that are crucial for growth in children as well as adolescents. Seeds also contain a lot of not-so-trippy acids like quinic acid and caffeic acid that are polyphenol compounds and are actually natural anti-oxidants. Antioxidants remove oxidant molecules from the body which are just an aggressive, bad form of oxygen that can destroy cells in the body. And just to throw some more scientific words out there, sunflower seeds are high in monounsaturated oleic acid which lowers bad cholesterol, or LDL, and increases good cholesterol, or HDL. A crazy amount of Vitamin E is squeezed into sunflower seeds as well. Per every 100g of seeds there is 35.17 grams of the fifth letter vitamin, which is an antioxidant that shields the body from oxygen-free radicals. It may seem like this is an amazing amount of beneficial nutrients for such a small object, but there is more. Minerals like Copper, Zinc, Calcium, iron, Magnesium, and Selenium are especially concentrated in seeds, and these minerals are essential for your health. So get out there and buy some Simple Seeds!