Nutritional and therapeutic potential of sunflower seeds: a review

Faqir Muhammad Anjum (National Institute of Food Science and Technology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan)
Muhammad Nadeem (National Institute of Food Science and Technology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan)
Muhammad Issa Khan (National Institute of Food Science and Technology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan)
Shahzad Hussain (National Institute of Food Science and Technology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Publication date: 13 April 2012

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive overview of multiple functions of sunflower seeds including their nutritional and nutraceutical benefits.

Design/methodology/approach

The literature review is of the chemical composition of sunflower seeds, their health benefits and their utilization in different products.

Findings

“We are what we eat.” All living creatures need to take in nutrients to live. Nutrients provide energy for processes in the body and can promote growth, maintenance and repair. The classes of nutrients are carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Sunflower seeds are a good source of all these nutrients. Plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, oil crops and whole grains contain many components that are beneficial to human health. Research supports that some of these foods, as part of an overall healthful diet, have the potential to delay the onset of many age‐related diseases.

Research limitations/implications

Currently available information on sunflower seeds is insufficient. These observations have led to continuing research aimed at identifying specific bioactive components in foods, such as antioxidants, which may be responsible for improving and maintaining health. Antioxidants are present in foods as vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and polyphenols.

Originality/value

This review is unique in its comprehensive nature. This article will reflect the role of sunflower seeds as nutritional and nutraceutical package.

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Citation

Muhammad Anjum, F., Nadeem, M., Issa Khan, M. and Hussain, S. (2012), "Nutritional and therapeutic potential of sunflower seeds: a review", British Food Journal, Vol. 114 No. 4, pp. 544-552. https://doi.org/10.1108/00070701211219559

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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