You probably wouldn’t think twice about spreading some peanut butter on your morning toast or maybe even eating it right out of the jar… but have you ever considered it’s undervalued colleague, sunflower seed butter?
Sunbutter packs a powerful punch when it comes to health benefits… high levels of unsaturated fat [the good kind of fat], zinc, magnesium, and vitamin E to name a few. A tablespoon of sunbutter contains around 100 calories, similar to peanut butter. It also contains similar amounts of protein and sugar, however, it contains less saturated fat and twice as much fiber.
The skinny on fat: While saturated fats can lead to heart disease among other things, unsaturated fats can lower cholesterol and help to fight inflammation. At 9 grams of fat per tablespoon and nearly 90 percent of those fats being the unsaturated kind, sunbutter can be a great way to incorporate healthy fats into your diet.
Sunbutter also contains high levels of vitamin E. Just one tablespoon contains 25 percent of the recommended daily intake. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that fights free radicals and battles inflammation. Vitamin E promotes circulation of the blood which is wonderful for your skin and hair.
Magnesium is extremely important in order for your body to function properly. Over 300 metabolic processes depend on it. Magnesium can help to fight osteoporosis, relieve PMS, and improve the parathyroid function. It also protects against cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Magnesium has been proven beneficial in the battle against diabetes. It can also help with migraines, insomnia, and depression.
All in all, sunflower seed butter can make a great addition to your diet. It is packed with so many health benefits and it’s tasty too. It’s a wonderful alternative for people with various nut allergies. Remember this post about MUFAs? Sunflower seeds are loaded with omega-3s making them a wonderful option. Pick up a jar at your local health food store. You and your body are in for a healthy treat.