Pumpkin Seeds Can Kill Cancer Cells, Fight Diabetes And Improve Your Eyesight
You may be fond of many seeds, but pumpkin seeds are truly a precious gift of our Mother Nature.
Both nuts and seeds make a very healthy and balanced diet. Pumpkin seeds are said to be dietary powerhouses as they contain good amounts of essential minerals such as copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.
About pumpkin seeds
Pepita (from Mexican Spanish: pepita de calabaza, “little seed of squash”) is a Spanish culinary term for the pumpkin seed, the edible seed of a pumpkin or other cultivar of squash. The seeds are typically rather flat and asymmetrically oval, and light green in color and may have a white outer hull.
According to the USDA nutritional database, this is how 1 cup of pumpkin seeds stacks up nutrition-wise (other sources proffer them with even higher positive numbers, but we are sticking with the more-conservative USDA data):
11.87 grams protein
12.42 g fat
11.8 g dietary fiber
See all that protein? You need that! Although plant-based protein differs from animal-based one, it is just as important and pumpkin seeds are a great way to boost your protein intake without resorting to meals that contain red meat. The fiber is a great bonus too. And while the fat content looks high, it is predominantly the “healthy fats” that many of us do not get enough of.
Pumpkin seeds have the power to alter disease-producing processes in the body since they contain plant compounds called phytosterols and various antioxidants which reduce blood cholesterol level, enhance immunity response, and decrease the risk of certain typ Continue reading