Can you eat sunflower seed shells?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you eat sunflower seed shells?” and discuss what is its health risk?

Can you eat sunflower seed shells?

Yes, you can eat sunflower seed shells. In fact, I’m from Indonesia, where some people prefer to eat it with their skin since it’s more convenient, which is why some sunflower seeds are salted. I’ve also heard that Russians enjoy eating the sunflower seeds in their shells.

To sum it up, sunflower seed shells not only taste excellent (particularly if salted), but they also contribute nutritional value! No, as spiky as sunflower seed shells are, they won’t harm your digestive system if chewed properly. And by right, I mean chewing your other meal the way you normally do.

Most people chew sunflower seeds to reduce stress, much like young baseball players who aren’t allowed to chew the nasty (and unhealthy) chewing tobacco because they are still minors.

It relieves tension in a similar way to smoking in that it offers the impression that you are accomplishing something or girding yourself up to accomplish something in the real, hard task at hand since you are putting so much effort into chewing. 

The other aspect of tobacco is the ‘buzz’ that it provides to the user, which they become addicted to. Sunflower seeds are at the very least salted to keep them fresh, but they are now coated in a variety of flavors. Chewing them releases the flavoring till it is completely gone. 

The only issue is that the fibers do not compact effectively, thus spitting them out as a wad is untidy and causes a mess in your mouth. It actually sounds worse than you can make it sound by doing it quietly. It’s just that removing the seeds from the shells is so time-consuming that some people chew the seeds to avoid having to do so.

Sunflower seeds (Helianthus annuus L.) come from the dry heat of the sunflower plant and are high in healthful fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals. They’re great as a snack, in baked products, or on top of salads or yogurt. However, since you may buy them whole or shelled, you might be wondering if eating the shells is safe or nutritious.

The shells should not be consumed. Sunflower seeds have an outer shell that is striped white and grayish-black and contains a kernel.

The edible section of a sunflower seed is the kernel or flesh. It’s tan, chewy, and slightly buttery in flavor and texture. Many people prefer eating whole sunflower seeds that have been roasted, salted, and seasoned in their shells. They’re especially popular at baseball games. The shells, on the other hand, must be spit out and not eaten.

The stiff, fibrous shells, also known as hulls, are difficult to chew. They’re high in lignin and cellulose, two fibers that your body can’t digest. Shelled sunflower seeds are a simpler and safer alternative to the whole, roasted seeds. You can season them with olive oil, salt, and other spices you prefer if you like.

Eating the shells poses health concerns.

If you swallow small fragments of shell by accident, it won’t hurt you. However, if you consume a lot of them, the shells can induce an intestinal blockage, which can be harmful.

Seed shells from any edible plant can accumulate in your small or large intestine, forming a lump known as a bezoar. It can induce constipation, intestinal pain, and bowel impaction in certain people.

A big mass of stool is caught in your colon or rectum, which is known as an impacted bowel. It can be uncomfortable and cause hemorrhoids or more serious damage, such as a tear in your big intestine, in some circumstances.

A bezoar is frequently removed while under general anesthesia. Surgery may be required in some circumstances. Sharp edges on sunflower seed shells may scrape your throat if swallowed.

What are you going to do with the shells?

You may use the shells of sunflower seeds in a variety of ways if you consume a lot of them and don’t want to throw them away. One option is to use them as mulch in your garden, as they assist to keep weeds away from your plants.

You can also use them as a substitute for coffee or tea. Simply toast the shells in an oven or frying pan for a few minutes, then crush them in a spice grinder. 1 tablespoon (12 grams) per 1 cup (240 mL) of boiling water should be steeped.

Ground hulls also provide roughage for poultry and ruminant animals such as cows and sheep. They’re commonly used in industry to make fuel pellets and fiberboard.

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Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can you eat sunflower seed shells?” and we discussed what is its health risk?

Reference

https://www.quora.com/Is-it-bad-to-eat-sunflower-seed-shells
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/can-you-eat-sunflower-seed-shells#uses-for-the-shells

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.