Why Sunflower Butter Is A Healthier Choice

Why Sunflower Butter Is A Healthier Choice

Sunflower butter is a versatile spread that contains nutrients derived from the whole seed. If you're allergic to nuts, then you can opt for sunflower butter as a healthier alternative. In fact, this butter has more iron, magnesium, zinc, unsaturated fat, and vitamin E compared to peanut butter.

If you are not convinced about this healthier alternative, then perhaps it's time for you to read further into this article by Vacaville Weight Loss Consultant Alex Tam so that you can learn more about it especially on the benefits and health reasons to make you start eating sunflower.


The Basics of Sunflower Butter

Sunflower butter is made by putting sunflower seeds into a blender and grinding them until it forms into a paste-like texture. The process will produce half the amount of seeds that you started with. This means that if you need 1 cup of sunflower butter, you must prepare 2 cups of sunflower seeds to be grounded. A tablespoon of sunflower butter contains 99 calories, 0.9 gram of butter, and 2.8 grams of protein. Men will get 2% of their daily fiber and 5% of protein in a single serving. Women on the other hand will gain 4% of the daily recommended fiber and 6% of protein in a single serving.


Magnesium

There are more than 300 metabolic processes that rely on magnesium for the body to perform tasks like producing energy and synthesizing DNA and RNA. Magnesium is also important to conduct electoral charges so that muscle contraction and nerve impulses will be stimulated. Calcium will stimulate the heart muscles so that they can contract while magnesium is there to help them relax. Their combination will allow a normal heart rhythm. Magnesium is also responsible for making the muscles in the blood vessel walls relax which is important in lowering your blood pressure level. So by eating a single tablespoon of sunflower butter, you'll gain 50mg or 12% of the daily value of magnesium.


Vitamin E

Fats have important job functions in your body. They help in building the structure of the cell walls, cushion organs, absorb certain vitamins, and create a special cover called the myelin sheath around nerve cells so that it can hasten the conduction of electrical impulses. Vitamin E has been classified as an antioxidant that protects these essential fats from harm that are inflicted by free radicals. These free radicals can merge with your healthy cells which makes them mutate or die thus leading to inflammation that contributes to chronic diseases. By eating a single tablespoon of sunflower butter, you will acquire 3.67 mg or 24% of the recommended daily intake for vitamin E.


Health Fats

One tablespoon serving of sunflower butter contains 9 g of fat but 90% of the total fat is unsaturated fats. This is an important distinction since the type of fat you acquire from your diet makes all the difference. Saturated and trans fat can contribute to cardiovascular disease while the unsaturated ones will lower your cholesterol levels and fight off inflammation.


Low Sodium

There's only a minimum amount of sodium content in sunflower butter wherein there's only 120 mg per serving. This already equals to the 5% of the daily recommended intake of sodium which is 2,300 mg per day. An excessive amount of sodium in the body can cause fluid retention and high blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, this can eventually cause heart disease.


Protein

If you are looking for a non-animal source for protein, sunflower butter can be a great choice since it contains 7 g per serving or around 14% of the daily recommended protein intake. Protein can be found in every cell in the body and it is needed to help repair and replace cells, tissue, and nerves. It also plays a vital role in normal growth during childhood, pregnancy, and adolescence.


No cholesterol

The best thing about sunflower butter is that it has no cholesterol content. Some people have a dietary intake that contributes 25% of the cholesterol in the body while the remaining 75% is manufactured in the liver. If you are careful in your dietary intake of cholesterol and be able to limit it to 300 mg per day or less, it can already be helpful especially if you have high cholesterol levels. There are also individuals who are known as dietary non-responders who inherit genes that can produce a larger amount than the normal number of lipids and may require medications to lower their cholesterol levels.


Serving Tips

For a quick breakfast, you can spread sunflower butter in a whole-grain toast. This is a healthy alternative for mayonnaise on any kind of sandwich. You can also make a pocket sandwich out of it which can include mushrooms, avocado, grated carrots, and sunflower butter. You can combine it with mashed white beans and garlic for a vegetable dip that's full of nutrients. It can also go great on Parmesan cheese serving as a topping for rice and chicken. If you want, make it as a substitute for heavy cream when you're making pasta sauces, or perhaps mix it in soy sauce for your stir-fry or to top steamed vegetables. Also, add in some sweetener and vanilla if you want it to be a healthy yet sweet kind of spread.

Hopefully, this article has opened your perspective to sunflower butter and how it is better than the other kinds of butter in the market. This healthy alternative will surely provide you with all sorts of benefits and you can enjoy eating it without having to worry too much about any side effects.

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