Three Cheers for Pumpkin Seeds
8th September 2016
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Pumpkin seeds are packed with wonderfulness and an excellent source of vitamins, mineral, protein and zinc. They are magical in their goodness and this is why. Jane from Health Foods For You shares her knowledge of why Pumpkin Seeds pack a punch above their weight

 

 

  • They are filled with lots of minerals including phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron and copper. and are  a good source of vitamin K.
  • Contain phytosterols, compounds that that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.
  • Contain L-tryptophan, which helps with good sleep and lowering depression. Tryptophan is converted into serotonin and niacin. Serotonin is also very helpful in helping us to have a good night’s sleep.
  • Very high in zinc, making them a natural protector against osteoporosis. Low intake of zinc is linked to higher rates of osteoporosis.
  • A good source vitamin E; they contain about 35.10 mg of tocopherol per 100 g.
  • Pumpkin seeds are the most alkaline-forming seed.
  • They are an excellent source of vitamin B group (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) and folates).
  • Contain good quality protein. 100 g seeds provide 30 g.
  • According to studies, pumpkin seeds prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation.
  • Reduce inflammation for arthritis without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Pumpkin seeds are used in many cultures as a natural treatment for tapeworms and other parasites.
  • Are good for prostate health! The oil in pumpkin seeds alleviates difficult urination that happens with an enlarged prostate.

 

What's the Best Way to Consume Pumpkin Seeds?

In order to preserve the healthy fats present in the seeds, pumpkin seeds should be eaten raw. Organic pumpkin seeds are preferred, as they will not be contaminated with pesticides or other harmful chemicals.

If you prefer to eat the seeds roasted, do so yourself so you can control the roasting temperature and time. Raw pumpkin seeds can be roasted on a low heat setting in your oven (no more than 170 degrees F or 75 degrees Celsius), sprinkled with Himalayan or other natural salt, for about 15-20 minutes.

 

A Few Quick Serving Ideas

  • Add pumpkin seeds to healthy sautéed vegetables.
  • Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top of mixed green salads.
  • Grind pumpkin seeds with fresh garlic, parsley and cilantro leaves. Mix with olive oil and lemon juice for a tasty salad dressing.
  • Add chopped pumpkin seeds to your favourite hot or cold cereal.
  • Add pumpkin seeds to your oatmeal raisin cookie or granola recipe.
  • Next time you make burgers, whether it be from vegetables, turkey or beef, add some ground pumpkin seeds.
Throughout September, Health Foods For You are offer 10% all organic seeds, pulses and nuts.. so what are you waiting for? Pop into today and enjoy the magical properties of pumpkin seeds
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Penny W

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Hello! I'm Penny from thebestof Sudbury, shouting about the best local businesses from Hadleigh through the Clare. When I'm not doing that, you'll find me knitting socks or tending to my 6 chickens

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