Thinking back to your childhood, did you ever have an opportunity to pull the pumpkin seeds out from the gooey inside of a Halloween pumpkin? I still remember the way the seeds would "pop" in the oven when my mom roasted them for a tasty treat.
What you may not have known at that time is those crunchy seeds are miniature nutritional powerhouses, and today, unlike their vessels, pumpkin seeds are available year round.
Vitamin and Mineral Content
Pumpkin seeds are rich in vitamin E and the B-complex vitamins, and tje minerals copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc, and iron. Unshelled pumpkin seeds are one of the highest vegetable sources of zinc; a quarter cup of unshelled seeds provides 10mg of this key mineral and antioxidant which plays key roles in the health and function of the skin, digestive tract, prostate, bones, and immune system.
Fiber & Essential Fats
Pumpkin seeds also also high in fiber and are a rich source of plant-based essential fatty acids, including omega-9 oleic acid and al...Read More
Posted By Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN