I’ve loved eating roasted sunflower seeds that were still in their shells for years. Weirdly enough, it’s a habit that I picked up as a fan of the television show, the X-Files (sunflower seeds are Mulder’s favorite snack food). One day at the store, I’m buying my usual ration of sunflower seeds when I notice that the store has a new flavor, BBQ. As I love all things BBQ, I go ahead and pick up a package of BBQ flavored sunflower seeds instead of the usual plain salted ones that I normally buy.
The bag I buy is a 2 1/8th ounce (60.2 g) bag that is 8 inches tall and 2 ½ inches wide. The bag is mostly a light brown color, except for the areas that are see through so that you can see the seeds inside. As with most Frito Lay products, the suggested retail price is shown on the front of the package. These bags of sunflower seeds cost 59 cents each or 2 for $1.
Eating the sunflower seeds as I usually do (popping a whole handful into my mouth at once, then cracking them one at a time inside my mouth without using my fingers), I am waylaid by an explosion of the flavor of a sweeter BBQ that has plenty of spice in it. Now I must remember to eat only smaller handfuls of these spicy sunflower seeds at a time, because I nearly choked on the spice. The seeds themselves are like all other roasted sunflower seeds; just the shells have all of the flavor. I believe that I won’t be buying plain sunflower seeds to munch on any more, as these flavored varieties are the same price for the same amount.
While they taste great, BBQ flavored sunflower seeds-or any sunflower seed for that matter-are not the best thing for a person to eat health wise. One entire 2 1/8th (60.2g) packet of Lay’s BBQ flavored sunflower seeds is a single serving, but they have over 25% of the recommended daily allowance of fat and 1850mg of sodium, which is over 75% of the recommended daily allowance. The amount of salt in these sunflower seeds is over 120% of my personal allowance, as I cannot have more than 1500mg of salt a day. I can only have a small handful of sunflower seeds daily. As far as I know, there is no other roasted sunflower seed with more salt in it. For me, they are a heart attack in a bag!
After eating any roasted and salted sunflower seed, you get thirsty, but you get especially thirsty after eating these BBQ flavored ones, probably because of the large amount of salt and other spices in the BBQ coating. If you eat too many at once, your mouth can feel like it is on fire. Yet another reason to only eat a small handful at a time.
Lay’s BBQ flavored sunflower seeds are good, really good, but if you eat too many, the saltiness can cause a dry, burning mouth at least and at absolute worst, a heart attack. Like with almost anything, moderation is key. Frito Lay’s BBQ flavored sunflower seeds gets 4 stars. They would get 5, if it weren’t for the insanely large amount of salt.