Yellow sundials stand tall along many rural roads in Twin Falls County. Bees and other insects like them, and the flowers add color to the otherwise green and brown surroundings.

Sunflowers are pretty and you’ve probably eaten their seeds. That’s good, because according to several unofficial nutrition and sunflower-specific websites there are many benefits to eating sunflower seeds.

For starters, because they’re a good source of fiber the seeds help with digestion, according to the site Organic Facts. The seeds contain high amounts of protein and carbohydrates, so they give you energy; and they’re good for pregnant woman because of their folate content.

Information from Nutrition and You explains that sunflower seeds are high in fatty acids, minerals and vitamins, helping the body’s immune system. They also can be used as an ingredient in all sorts of recipes.

And the Global Healing Center explains that sunflower seeds contain phytosterols, which have similar properties to cholesterol and help control cholesterol levels in the human body.

There’s more, including the one thing all sunflower seed aficionados already know: sunflower seeds are a great snack and do good to the taste buds.

But what flowers produce the best seeds? The National Sunflower Association can help.

I seriously want sunflower seeds now. Anyone going to the store?