93 thoughts on “Do Sunflower Seeds Cause Acne?

  1. Interesting. I ate tons of sunflower seeds as a child and adolescent (it's an extremely common snack where I'm from) and didn't really have acne except for the occasional pimple every few months. Is it possible that sunflower seeds aggravate acne if present but don't necessarily cause it? Or did I owe that rare pimple every now and then to sunflower seeds…

  2. High in cadmium and causes acne? -I've been eating about a tablespoon a day of sunflower seeds, but I guess I'm better off not buying them anymore, though I never noticed them to aggravate any acne….

  3. I soak all the nuts and seeds before eating them, and since then I don't get acne from eating nuts and seeds. Maybe placebo, maybe not, but it works 😀

  4. I enjoy eating the whole seed with shells intact. Or should I say 'enjoyed'. Thanks mom and dad for your parental guidance, Dr. G is my new daddy 🙂

  5. You really didn't need to show the picture, knob head, good thing I'm not that squeamish =P

    I have a tablespoon of raw sunflower seeds every other day in my muesli, make sure you crunch them properly. I don't have acne but I do have a lot of redness on my skin but I think that's more hormones than anything else.

  6. Whining about unshelled sunflower seeds? amateurs! Try eating unshelled walnuts and then send me a picture of your …

  7. Many claim that all high-fat foods can aggravate and even cause their acne. This increase in acne can be applied to all high-fat foods, even avocado, nuts, and other seeds. However, only in susceptible people of course. If acne is not in your genes than nothing will give it to you.

  8. The Dr Greger Weight Loss Plan – look at photo of sunflower seed rectal bezoar before every meal and lose your appetite. 😛

  9. Hmm, this makes sense of why one of my coworkers that is a huge sunflower seed eater has a lot of acne. His cheeks are always completely read and riddled with acne.

    I'd like to research more myself before correlating the to definitively though, but its worth keeping in mind. Haha being vegan myself perhaps the acne causing effects of sunflower seeds only trigger in a animal included diet. I'll have to test it myself. Will say I personally haven't noticed the effect from the little I've eaten at certain restaurant salad bars haha.

  10. Nothing like a big bowl of Colonic Crunch for breakfast! 🥣💩 You always deliver Dr. Greger! 😂

  11. I can live without sunflower seeds. But now what about the sunflower oil in prepared foods like breads and salad dressings?

  12. EVERY TIME I EAT SUNFLOWER SEEDS I GET SEVERE CYSTIC ACNE!! all nuts can break me out, but sunflower seeds and sesame like tahini are by far my biggest flare up foods

  13. I've been eating 20-30g of sunflower seeds a day for a year. I've got no acne and no cadmium build up. My blood cadmium is way below the normal level and hair cadmium is x166 less than UL. My prior research showed that cadmium from seeds gets excreted when you go to the toilet.

  14. Currently looking at reducing my daily dose of flaxseeds which I pre mix with steal cut oats. Maybe antidotal but ran out of flaxseed meal the other week (I normally eat a cup of steal cut oats and flax is 10% by weight). I might run a few trials 2 weeks at 10% 5% None.

  15. What? Intermittent fasting may increase diabetes risk:
    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/may/20/fasting-diets-raise-risk-of-diabetes

    OK, another "more study is needed" rat study, still:

    "Previous research has also shown that short-term fasting can produce molecules called free radicals, highly reactive chemicals that can cause damage to cells in the body and which may be associated with impaired organ function, cancer risk and accelerated ageing.

    In addition, cells of the pancreas that release insulin showed damage, while the presence of increased levels of free radicals and markers of insulin resistance were also detected."

  16. I'd question what type of sunflower seeds…organic, shelled, and only sunflour seeds or shelled sunflower seeds that have added salt and oils! I was buying sunflower seeds and having about 1/4 cup sprinkled on my salads and I had an acne break out. Come to find out I bought a bag(not reading the back, dumb move) and it had palm oil and peanut oil..so no wonder I broke out. They were also roasted, not sure if that matters but I usually buy unroasted and unsalted.

  17. I'm from Spain but live abroad, and once I got sunflower seeds because I was having a get together with friends, and they are nice food to share and snake while talking and drinking. That's what we usually do in Spain. And that was the day I saw a grown woman, japanese, accepting them out of politeness and I saw her eating one with the shell. I had no words, I didn't know people didn't know how to eat them! And so I taught my japanese friend, a tunisian one and an indonesian how to do it properly; all the different ways that I know. They had refuse to eat them solely because they didn't like them since they didn't know how to. Of course they didn't, it must be disgusting! I have never tried eating one with the shell, must be terrible!

  18. Got to watch your ω-3 and ω-6 fatty acid ratios. Better to have more flaxseed in your diet. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2836431/

  19. I actually tried this myself. I was eating Sunbutter daily and breaking out. To find out if it was nuts and seeds causing my breakouts, I eliminated them from my diet for two weeks. Last night I ate a tablespoon of Sunbutter and this morning I had three small pimples on my chin. On one hand I'm relieved to know but, on the other hand bummed out because I love sunflower seeds and Sunbutter. I plan on testing other nuts and seeds too.

  20. Hm, this might explain some recent, intense bouts of hormonal acne… Think I will do my own experiment to test the theory.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. So maybe it's the fat intake? I used to get really bad cystic acne when I was a carnist. I used to eat a lot of animals, that was really high in fat.

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

  25. Vegan pastor Robert Munro stand against carnists church's.He does outreach about veganism to other priest,support animal right activists.Stand is ground for Genesis 1,29.The perfect vegan plan.Vegan church's,1 to 2,2 to 4,4 to 8 etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOrmVQ1C-qU&feature=share

  26. 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

  27. But if they got enough omega 3, maybe it will negate the effect of the inflammatory omega 6 in the sunflower seeds 🙂

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. Wait, wait… First chocolate, and now this? Dr. McDougall must be dancing the bhangra after watching these videos!

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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?

  34. 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.

  35. My healthy breakfast had sunflower seeds and cacao powder 🙁
    No acne though, will keep this on watch 🙂

  36. Could you please do videos on all seeds? Benefits, which is the better seed, comparence to seed butters, etc.

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