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How bad are sunflower seeds?

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Created November 30, 2011 at 1:05 AM

I'm quitting smoking and they are my preferred substitution (roasted, salted). Any other ideas?

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on November 30, 2011
at 02:48 PM

(probably germinated)

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on November 30, 2011
at 07:15 AM

Awesome for quitting nic, and good luck. :)

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on November 30, 2011
at 02:26 AM

I give up, Jodie! What's an activated sunflower? I know you "activate" milk when you add the yogurt culture, but I'm blank on what you'd add to a sunflower seed to activate it. Do you mean sprouted?

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on November 30, 2011
at 02:16 AM

agreed good job on quiting the smokes!

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on November 30, 2011
at 01:31 AM

+1 for deciding to quit smoking.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 30, 2011
at 01:29 AM

Distraction is a valid tactic and even if high in PUFAs I have to believe sunflower seeds are better than smoking.

Please don't be one of those who talk while chewing the seeds and spit out a shell every few words! Drives me nuts.

Anyhow, best of luck with your quitting project. In the long run, your brain needs something to do to crowd out some of the "Let's smoke!" thoughts so whatever works in the short term is what you should do. Once you get a few weeks under your belt, try sticking a carrot stick or something in your mouth.

I'm not a smoker, but I do knit and sometimes I catch myself happily chewing/mouthing on a cabling needle. You don't need to know what that is, but I also tend to have a pen or toothbrush in my mouth when typing comments on PH.

Let's just say non-food items can be very useful for oral gratification for fidgety humans. :-))

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on November 30, 2011
at 01:09 AM

This was supposed to be a sunflower seed debate. It has some information on it.

As quoted from PaleoDietLifestyle.com: "Sunflower seeds are high in PUFA, with a total of 23.1 grams per 100 grams, most of it in omega-6 fat. They are a good source of vitamin E, thiamin, magnesium, copper, manganese and selenium."

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on May 30, 2013
at 10:04 PM

They are definitely better than smoking! Also, the fact that you are eating them with the shells prevents you from consuming vast numbers of them, compared with someone who shovels down shelled seeds. If you need something in your mouth, you could also consider chewing gum. While not technically paleo, it is much better than smoking. From personal experience, chewing gum helped me overcome mindless eating and bingeing.

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on November 30, 2011
at 04:23 AM

Take baby steps. If you quit smoking that's the biggest step right there. Sunflower seeds aren't the perfect food, as mentioned by others they're high in omega 6s but the effect that has on you depends on the rest of your diet. If you have little to no omega 6s in the rest of your diet then you're fine, but if you're eating foods that have significant amounts of omega 6s, then it'll cause too much inflammation. It also depends on how much omega 3s you have in your diet to balance out the omega 3s. But focus on those things later. Keep eating the sunflower seeds til you feel that you've conquered your addiction for good, then possibly think about substituting another food for the sunflower seeds.

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on November 30, 2011
at 03:26 AM

Whether or not they are 100% ideal seems relatively unimportant when compared to what they are substituting for. As others have already noted they are a bit high in PUFAs, but still much better for you than smoking--and better than candy or chips or some other processed/junk food as a distraction. If it is working for you I wouldn't worry about it. Once you have completely kicked your addiction you can start to think about other options.

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on November 30, 2011
at 02:46 AM

How bad are they? At least they're not peanuts!

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on November 30, 2011
at 02:23 AM

I don't have a problem with eating them, sprinkled on avocado they are a wonderful crunchy addition. I always get the activated sunflowers, not sure if this makes any difference to the PUFA's?

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on November 30, 2011
at 02:48 PM

(probably germinated)

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 30, 2011
at 02:26 AM

I give up, Jodie! What's an activated sunflower? I know you "activate" milk when you add the yogurt culture, but I'm blank on what you'd add to a sunflower seed to activate it. Do you mean sprouted?

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