Rich in fiber and protein, they can be a panacea for those who want to lose weight
Healthy gut, the 10 foods richest in soluble fiber
Consumed as a snack and often used to garnish various dishes, sunflower seeds are a special concentrate of important nutrients. Among their benefits it is possible to mention the richness in proteins, healthy fats and fibers.
When they are named, it is necessary to call into question the positive repercussions they can have on weight, a property that is often the focus of scientific attention. In this regard, it is worth mentioning the presence of soluble fiber.
As shown by several studies – among which it is possible to cite research published in 2015 and conducted by a scientific team led by Dr. McRorie, an expert who worked at the Children's Hospital National Medical Center in Washington – the intake of soluble fiber can have positive effects on weight management.
We previously mentioned that sunflower seeds are frequently eaten as a snack. Over the years, science has repeatedly focused on the importance of snacks for weight loss. Among the most interesting proofs in question it is possible to cite a review published in 2016 and conducted by experts active in various scientific realities of the USA and the Netherlands.
The aforementioned scholars, analyzing various scientific studies, confirmed the role, which still needs further investigation, of the consumption of healthy snacks as regards the control of satiety and appetite, aspects that have obvious consequences on weight management.
Useful for lowering bad LDL cholesterol levels – for this benefit we must say thanks to the unsaturated fat content – sunflower seeds, by virtue of the already mentioned presence of proteins, can help maintain muscle mass.
At this point, it is natural to ask oneself about the precise recommendations for adding them to the diet. Sunflower seeds can be eaten alone as a snack, but also sprinkled on tasty mixed salads or added to yogurt and parfaits.
Not to be forgotten is also the possibility of using them as the main ingredient for the preparation of a super healthy butter. When it comes to sunflower seeds, it is worth remembering that some brands that market them add sodium to the final product.
By virtue of what has just been specified, it is advisable to check the label carefully before purchase and, if possible, focus on unflavored sunflower seeds. Before adding them to the diet, it is obviously advisable to consult your doctor.