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Do Sunflower Seeds Cause Acne?



Should we be concerned about the pimples, cadmium, and “colonic crunch” associated with sunflower seed consumption? Subscribe to Dr. Greger’s free …

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  1. When it comes to food causing acne, I think one important detail gets overlooked. Many of these foods are eaten in a manner that brings the food in contact with the fingers. I mean, you normally don't eat sunflower seeds or chocolate bars with a spoon. If you don't wash your hands well after this, inevitably you'll end up touching your face. So it may not be dietary sunflowers seeds so much as topically applied sunflower seeds.

  2. I EAT the SHELLS with the seed and do not suffer from crunchy stools. I also boil my sunflower seeds with the hull on in salt, then roast them until the shells are dry and very easy to chew. No acne or crunchy stool problems.

  3. Hypothesis: if sunflower seeds have lots of cadmium (2:08) and glyphosate binds to metals, than they may also contain a lot of glyphosate, which leads to a leaky gut = toxins getting into the bloodstream => pimples everywhere!
    I know, it may look like a long loop, but could it be true?

  4. I cannot eat the hulled ones; so i always use the raw without hull. I am one of those people who has difficulty opening them and many times i have eaten bits of shell over the years. also i've no patience for shells. I used to crave them a lot when i smoked heavily; i think on account of the high levels of zinc which is depleted by cigarette smoke. It is hard to say if they affect acne from this study, if we don't know what else the Iranians in the study were eating. They already had acne presumably, so that is probably caused by stress or hormone fluctuations. Or perhaps it was aggravated dairy, or something else in their diet; they would have to eliminate all other foods to be sure.

  5. I cannot eat the hulled ones; so i always use the raw without hull. I am one of those people who has difficulty opening them and many times i have eaten bits of shell over the years. also i've no patience for shells. I used to crave them a lot when i smoked heavily; i think on account of the high levels of zinc which is depleted by cigarette smoke. It is hard to say if they affect acne from this study, if we don't know what else the Iranians in the study were eating. They already had acne presumably, so that is probably caused by stress or hormone fluctuations. Or perhaps it was aggravated dairy, or something else in their diet; they would have to eliminate all other foods to be sure.

  6. i eat bags of these things at work and i think they make my skin look better maybe from all the vitamin e in the seeds

  7. Has he ever done videos on the biotin/hair skin and nail pills? I’m curious due to the high levels of biotin being known to cause acne as well as the high levels of vitamin A from animal sources, which is toxic to your kidneys

  8. Can you do a vid on Maca root, I saw online is "regulates" hormone levels but as everything on the internet people just make statements, any truth to this or any benefits

  9. I use to eat sunflower shells as well as peanut shells. Most likely I was craving fiber from a poor childhood diet.

  10. One would assume that both groups were on a standard acne promoting standard diet before and during the trial. What would be the result if neither group ate an acne promoting diet and one group added 25 g of sunflower seeds a day. My bet would be nothing. So until that study is done, I am not sure that people on a whole foods plant based diet have a whole lot to worry about. However, with all the millions of people who are now following a WFPB diet, it should be terribly hard to find enough subjects to put it to the test. The one criteria, that subjects had to start with acne, might have to change since it is likely that most who do follow a WFPB diet won't start with a lot of acne. To me that would be a better test since going from no acne to having acne would be a much clearer signal of causation. In fact if you started with a group of young plant eaters with no acne they could serve as their own control.

  11. Many "healthy" plant foods aren't very healthy after all. Many acne sufferers know that oatmeal can also aggravate the curse. In fact, all seeds are extremely high in leucine and methionine, and also in hard fiber, which is not a good thing. Oats are also very high in methionine, cystein, leucine, and in fiber. I do believe that fiber bacterial byproducts can make acne worse in many people.

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