It doesn’t have to be Halloween in order for you to enjoy pumpkin seeds. Granted, fresh seeds straight from the pumpkin are the best, but many health food stores offer pumpkin seeds in their bulk bins all year. These seeds were a celebrated food of the Native Americans who recognized them for their health benefits. They have also been a popular snack in Mexico for many years. Pumpkin seeds are a wonderful source of zinc which makes it a great food for boosting your immune-system. They are also a concentrated source of protein which is important for helping our body maintain strong muscles and tissues. Studies have shown that the phytonutrients found in pumpkin seeds can promote good prostate health, making these seeds a good snack option for men. They have also been shown to have a positive effect on those who are suffering from arthritis. In addition to all of these health properties, pumpkin seeds are a good source of manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper.
DID YOU KNOW:
– Green pumpkin seeds are referred to as “pepitas” and are very popular in Mexico.
– The hulls of the pumpkin seeds are a good source of fiber. They aren’t typically eaten but they are edible!
Still have those pumpkins from Halloween? Cut them open and roast your own pumpkin seeds! Pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein and fiber, which makes them a healthy snack that will make you feel full quickly. They are also full of magnesium which helps to promote health nerves and muscles. Toasted pumpkin seeds contain phytosterol which has been known to help lower LDL cholesterol levels, boost immunity, and prevent certain cancers. Make some homemade roasted pumpkin seeds today! Get creative by adding your favorite herbs, spices, and sea salt.