Expert Tells Whether it is Useful to Hull Seeds

According to nutritionist Lidia Kvashnina, a large part of the benefits of seeds for the human body depends on how they are prepared.

Many people like to hull seeds, especially sunflower seeds – some people like the taste, while others make it a habit. The process itself seems to help calm down and relax.

Sunflower seeds reduce the risk of vascular thrombosis in the liver thanks to antioxidants. Moreover, they are contained in both fried and raw seeds. The seeds also reduce the likelihood of hepatosis (liver damage) and prevent the development of cholelithiasis, as they stimulate the outflow of bile. In addition, the seeds normalize intestinal function due to the dietary fiber in their composition and reduce stomach acidity.

But, says Kvashnina, much of the benefits depend on how the seeds are prepared.

“It is important to keep in mind that during the frying process, most of the nutrients lose their properties. This significantly reduces the nutritional value of the seeds. Also, frying produces carcinogens that can provoke cancer. Therefore, it is more useful to eat raw seeds,” he summarized.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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