The beautiful sunflower plant, with its bright yellow petals is a great treat to the eyes. These petals have a seed-studded center, which is grayish-green in color. These seeds are encased in teardrop-shaped gray or black shells with black and white stripes. Sunflower seeds have a high oil content and have been one of the primary sources used to extract polyunsaturated oil. The sunflower seeds with shells have a mild nutty taste and a tender texture.
Sunflower seeds are very low in cholesterol and sodium, thereby protecting your heart. These seeds are a good source of vitamin B6, thiamin, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, manganese, selenium, and vitamin E. They are also very good for your digestion and brain health.