Sunflower butter is just sunflower seeds that have been ground into butter. It can be used much like any other nut butter as a spread or in baking, but there is a catch. Sunflower seeds are very high in polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), and while there’s nothing wrong with PUFAs in moderation, when consumed in butter form, it can become easy to consume a lot of PUFAs.
The Micronutrients in Sunflower Butter
When consumed in moderation though, there is no reason to fear sunflower seeds, or their butter. They are an excellent source of protein, vitamin E and various B vitamins, particularly thiamine, niacin, folate, and vitamin B6. They are also rich in trace minerals such as magnesium, manganese, and phosphorous.
Use a Trusted Source
Just be careful where you get your sunflower butter from. Some manufacturers have been trying to replicate peanut butter using sunflower seeds by roasting the seeds in soybean oil, adding salt, sugar and hydrogenated cottonseed and canola oils to act as stabilizers. Granted, not all sunflower butter producers do this. You can certainly get good quality nut butter at your local health food store, or to be safe, you can always make your own.
Chris Kresser talks about the pros and cons of various seeds, including sunflower seeds, in this podcast.