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Pumpkin Seeds and their health benefits
11/1/2013 12:07:49 AM
A lot of folks eat roasted pumpkin seeds during the holiday season. Did you know that they have many healthy benefits?

Here are a few:

Pumpkin seeds are a great source for the mineral zinc. Most of the zinc is contained in the endosperm, which is between the shell and the seed itself. To maximize the benefits, eat both the shell and the seed.

The seeds provide vitamin E in a wide variety of forms, which is better than having just one variety like you would get from vitamins.

The seeds have many antioxidant benefits.

When roasting the seeds, roast them for no more than 20 minutes maximum, or there will be chemical changes that drastically reduce the benefits.

In one quarter cup of roasted pumpkin seeds, on average, they will have the following nutrients.

Manganese, trytophan, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, protein, zinc, iron, and roughly 180 calories.

There are also preliminary test results showing pumpkin seeds help improve insulin regulation in diabetics.

Pumpkin seeds have antimicrobial and antiviral benefits.

Preliminary results show that pumpkin seeds have some benefits in fighting cancer.

Some ideas for using roasted, and/or ground pumpkin seeds are:

Add some seeds to healthy, sauteed vegetables.
Sprinkle seeds on top of mixed green salads.
Grind seeds with fresh garlic, parsley, and cilantro leaves. Mix with olive oil and lemon juice for a tasty salad dressing.
Add chopped seeds to your favorite hot or cold cereal.
Add seeds to oatmeal raisin cookies or granola recipe.
Make burgers with some ground pumpkin seeds mixed in.

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