Friday, October 29, 2010

Why you should be eating pumpkin seeds

Eating seeds and nuts is one of the best ways to get the healthy fat that our bodies need.
If you’re trying to lose weight you should limit your intake of seeds and nuts. However, you shouldn’t avoid them entirely. They are rich in antioxidants, phytochemicals, minerals, and fiber. Since it’s almost Halloween, let’s talk about pumpkin seeds.
Besides being a great and tasty snack, pumpkin seeds have other benefits:
Lower Cholesterol Pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, compounds that that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.
Cancer Prevention Phytosterols that lower cholesterol can also protect against many cancers.
Natural Anti-Inflammatory Pumpkin seeds effectively reduce inflammation without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.
Great Source of Magnesium, Protein and Zinc 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds contains 34 % of your daily value of protein and zinc, and 92% of your daily value of magnesium, a mineral in which most Americans are deficient.
Prostate Protection They’re good for a healthy prostate and alleviate the difficult urination associated with an enlarged prostate.
Prevention of Kidney Stones Have you ever had a kidney stone? Pumpkin seeds prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation.
Help with Depression Pumpkin seeds contain L-tryptophan, a compound naturally effective against depression.

The best way to eat pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas) is raw. You can buy them hulled and prepackaged, or you can roast them yourself. Here's a link to my favorite recipe for pumpkin seeds.

1 comment:

  1. Great post on Halloween! I have eaten pumpkin seeds for many years on-top of salads in place of croutons. Yum. It adds the perfect pinch of crunch. -Taunya