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Sunflower Seeds with What?

Okay. Nuts and seeds, great for health, right? Well, as I reminded everyone earlier in the week—when we found out pistachios can help lower cholesterol—Dr. Fuhrman insists nuts and seeds are an essential part of human nutrition. Here, I’ll remind you again. From Nuts and Seeds Are Excellent Foods:
Nuts and seeds are a natural part of the diet of homo-sapiens. They are perfectly adapted to the taste and ability of humans to pick, dry, store, and crack. No wonder study after study shows raw nuts and seeds not only lower cholesterol, but protect against common diseases of aging. I recommend almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios, macadamias, filberts, and walnuts; and sunflower, sesame, flax, and pumpkin seeds. These delicious natural foods are high in nutrients and healthful unsaturated fats.
But, the food industry couldn’t leave well enough alone. You’ve heard of honey-roasted peanuts and chocolate-covered cashews, right? Get ready, introducing the latest bastardization of mother nature—energy-infused sunflower seeds! What’s that mean? I’ll let Dirk Lammers of the Associated Press explain:
Baseball players and truck drivers who chew sunflower seeds at work no longer have to down a cup of black coffee or a Red Bull for an extra energy jolt. A South Dakota company is infusing sunflower seeds with caffeine and other boosters commonly found in energy drinks.


"A lot of people chew sunflower seeds to stay awake and give them energy, and we just thought we'd combine the two of them," said Tim Walter, president of Carpenter-based Dakota Valley Products.

Sumseeds, so-named because they add ingredients to seeds, have been in development for about a year. The seeds are grown in North Dakota and Kansas and shipped to the company's Willow Lake plant, where caffeine, taurine, lysine and ginseng are added.
Ah, the human mind at work. Caffeinated sunflowers seeds—good idea or waste of brain-power? Personally, I think the latter. Especially since Dr. Fuhrman considers caffeine an all-around bad idea. More from Eat to Live:
Caffeine addicts are at higher risk of cardiac arrhythmias that could precipitate sudden death.1 Coffee raises blood pressure and raises cholesterol and homocysteine, two risk factors for heart disease.2
Although, maybe I’m wrong; maybe there is real opportunity to change the world here. Well then, if anyone needs me I’ll be in my basement inventing a hybrid combination of broccoli and bacon fat. It’s a mad-mad world!
1. Mehta, A., A. C. Jain, M.C. Mehta, and M. Billie. 1997. Caffeine and cardiac arrhythmias: an experimental study in dogs with review of literature. Acta Cardiol. 52 (3):273-83.

2. Nurminen, M.L., L. Niittymen, R. Korpela, and H. Vapaatalo. 1999. Coffee, caffeine and blood pressure: a critical review. Eur. J. Clin. Nutr. 53 (11): 831-39; Christensen, B., A. Mosdol, L. Rettersol, et al. 2001. Abstention from filtered coffee reduces the concentration of plasma homocysteine and serum cholesterol—a randomized controlled trail. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 74(3):302-07.
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