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DON’T THROW OUT THE SEEDS

This article about pumpkin seeds appeared in our Columbine Country Club newsletter and thought that it was worth sharing. I had no idea that they were so healthy!!

NUTRITION TIP- DON’T TOSS YOUR PUMPKIN SEEDS!!!

Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

  1. Protein Packed

1 cup of roasted pumpkin seeds:

285 calories
11.87 grams protein
12.42 g fat
11.8 g dietary fiber

Pumpkin seeds are a great way to boost your protein, and the fiber is a great bonus too. The fat content looks high, but is predominantly the healthy fats that many of us don’t get enough of.

  1. Magnesium Rich

1 cup of roasted pumpkin seeds also boasts 168 milligrams of magnesium, more than half of the 310 mg adult women should consume daily. The body needs magnesium for many processes, including regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels and blood pressure, plus making protein, bone and DNA.

  1. Potassium Pumped

The body uses potassium to help muscles contract, regulate fluids, balance minerals and maintain blood pressure. It is recommended that adults consume at least 4,700 milligrams of potassium every day, which is twice as much as most people get. Pumpkin seeds are a notably rich source of this important mineral with 588 mg per cup. Compare that to the famous potassium source known as a banana- a medium one provides 422 mg.

  1. Immunity Boost

Common cold treatments generally contain zinc- it’s an important mineral that plays a significant role in immune function. 8 mg of zinc daily is recommended for adult women- a cup of pumpkin seeds will almost meet that with its 6.59 mg.

  1. Happiness + Sleep

L-tryptophan in pumpkin seeds can improve the mood naturally and may even be effective against depression. (Can’t hurt to try that!) AND, eating pumpkin seeds a few hours before bed for the L-tryptophan (which is used in melatonin and serotonin production) to help encourage a good night’s sleep.

  1. Antioxidant Blast

Pumpkin seeds are unique in their abundance of antioxidants. Seeds contain numerous forms of vitamin E, as well as the phenolic acids. Antioxidant phytonutrients like lignans are also found in pumpkin seeds.

Use the pumpkin seeds from your carved Halloween pumpkin for a healthy and nutritious snack!

Have any recipes for adding extra flavor or jazz to this?  Let us know,

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