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sunflower seed shells

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 15, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Hi All,

So...I really like eating sunflower seeds with the shells. I'm reading (here) about my potentially alarming intake of PUFAs but, is there any detriment to consuming the seeds?

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B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on May 30, 2012
at 07:41 PM

Nope, that'd be birds. We were too busy eating dead animals and plant roots.

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on May 30, 2012
at 05:38 PM

But didn't humans also evolve to eat foods that didn't want to be eaten? Are we really so defenseless against evolution?

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on May 30, 2012
at 05:26 AM

Yes, sunflower seeds are higher in PUFA, and most of it is omega 6, so I wouldn't eat them in large quantity.

More importantly, are you saying you eat the shells? I wouldn't do that. I don't think we can digest the shell, so you are just swallowing lots of little sharp pieces. Can't imagine that does any good for your intestines.

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B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on May 30, 2012
at 09:58 AM

Sunflowers did not evolve to have haver their seeds passively eaten by you. The shells are part of their defense mechanism against being eaten. If you aren't going to get any access to what little nutrients there are in the seed, there is not point in eating the shell.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 30, 2012
at 05:38 PM

But didn't humans also evolve to eat foods that didn't want to be eaten? Are we really so defenseless against evolution?

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on May 30, 2012
at 07:41 PM

Nope, that'd be birds. We were too busy eating dead animals and plant roots.

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