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3 weeks ago

Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds That You Were Never Aware Of

The innumerable nutritional and health benefits of sunflower seeds have been enjoyed by the human race for many years. They can be used as a nutritious snack to extract cooking oil or can be added to meals to obtain texture and flavor. Obtained from the very beautiful sunflower, these seeds are of a black or grayish-green color and are enclosed in gray or black shells. Scientifically called achene, they are rich sources of important nutrients that are beneficial for growth, development and a healthy life. The various health benefits of sunflower seeds are mentioned below.

4 weeks ago

What are Sunflower Seeds Used for

Sunflower seeds are derived from the pod of sunflower after the petals have fallen. These seeds need to be dried and only then can they be of any use. These seeds are often used as snacks, much akin to peanuts and are believed to have a nutty taste. People all over the world eat the inside of the seeds kernel as food. These seeds are often commercially sold according to the color and marking of their kernel. Sunflower seeds have been used since centuries and have become an essential part of many people's daily diet.

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Sunflower seeds are crushed and pressed so as to extract its rich oil. This oil is used for cooking pur

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4 weeks ago

Everything from Planting to Growing Vegetable Seeds Explained

We all know that seeds are used to grow plants. They are nothing other than the plant embryos that usually come with their own food supply and are enclosed within seed coats. The seed carries the genetic material from its two parents and controls the maximum quality and performance of the developed plant. Good vegetable seeds are clean, disease-free and viable to produce plants typical of the cultivar. You have to take care of a few things though, if you plan to grow them.

If you plan to grow vegetables, you may start from seeds or plants that can be bought from a nearby garden store. As compared to plants, seeds are easily available and are less expensive too. Seeds come in different

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1 month ago

Listeria prompts huge recalls of veggies and sunflower seeds

Fourteen voluntary recalls have been announced related to a listeria outbreak that has caused eight cases of illness in three states. On April 23, CRF Frozen Foods recalled 11 of its products because of possible listeria contamination. Then, on May 2, it expanded that recall to include all frozen vegetable and fruit products that had been processed at its Pasco, Washington, facility since May 2014. This accounts for 358 products sold under 42 brands. Since then, at least 13 additional recalls have been announced that are linked to the CRF recall. Most of them are frozen vegetable products or contain ingredients that were part of the CRF Frozen Foods recall. The products were sold throughout the U.S. and in Canada.

The illnesses actually date to September 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All eight individuals have been hospitalized, and there have been two deaths, although listeria is not the cause of death in those cases.

Separately, on May 3, SunOpta announced a voluntary recall of sunflower kernel products produced in February at its Crookston, Minnesota, facility. Since then, 17 voluntary recalls have been announced by companies that use sunflower kernels supplied by SunOpta in their products, which have been distributed throughout the U.S. These include salads and trail mixes.

No illnesses have been reported linked to the potentially contaminated sunflower kernels.

"Sometimes, it takes time to identify where all the implicated products have gone," said Michael Doyle, director of food safety at the University of Georgia.

Symptoms of listeriosis infection include fever, muscle aches and gastrointestinal illness, such as diarrhea. It can also lead to meningitis. Pregnant women, newborns, older adults and anyone with a weakened immune system is most at risk for infection. Cervical infections caused by listeriosis in pregnant women may result in stillbirth or spontaneous abortion during the second or third trimesters.

The CDC estimates that 1,600 people a year come down with a listeria illness, and 260 cases are fatal.

Dr. Robert Tauxe, director of the CDC's Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases, says there is probably one more case for every case they know of. He also notes that listeria can be particularly challenging for food manufacturers to eliminate because it can hide in places like drains or pipes for years.

But the presence of listeria in products is going down, according to Doyle. And "not all strains of listeria are equally harmful to people," he said.

He is more concerned about the frozen vegetable recalls because they were prompted by an outbreak, so it's known that the strain is making people sick.

Though the sunflower seeds and products that contain them are not associated with an outbreak, if that strain were to be making people sick, Doyle said, he'd be more concerned: Unlike vegetables that are heated and cooked, sunflower seeds usually are not. Cooking and heating can kill the bacteria and reduce the risk of infection.

Investigations are underway to identify the source of the listeria contamination for both the vegetables and the sunflower kernels.

For a complete list of recalled items, check the FDA website. Recalled products should not be consumed or sold.