The Pumpkin Seeds for Health
The Pumpkin Seeds for Health In the world of super food, pumpkin seeds are currently competing with sunflower seeds to be the healthiest snacks as well as healthy food ingredients. The popularity of snacking dried pumpkin seeds are commonly found in Russia and Ukraine and in some Asian parts, eating the pumpkin seeds are not considered as snacking. How do you recognize pumpkin seed from squash seeds? The physical appearance of the pumpkin seeds is flat and asymmetrically oval and has light green color inside with a white hull. The Russians seem to know very well that pumpkin seeds have beneficial health and one of the pumpkin seeds health benefits can be found in Russian drugstore. The pumpkin seeds which sold in the aforementioned drugstore served as remedy for fighting parasitic infestations like the tapeworms.
Today, the crunchy texture of pumpkin seed already found in various cooking around the world including UK and US. Many chefs are choosing to add roasted pumpkin seeds to their salad because it has perfect crunchy texture and as well as other benefits. In Mexican cooking, the pumpkin seeds are commonly roasted and served as snack and so does in US where the seeds are marinated in salt water and then roasted to become an autumn seasonal snack. The pumpkin seed popularity is also available in Greek and Italian cooking where the seeds are lightly roasted, salted, and unhulled. In Central and Eastern parts of Europen, the roasted pumpkin seeds are pressed to produce the pumpkin seed oil. Surprisingly, pumpkin seeds are loaded with vitamins and minerals as well as fats – saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated. The vitamins are including the B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K.
As for the minerals, the pumpkin seeds contain calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc. Consuming around 25 grams of pumpkin seeds means you can provide more than 20% of the recommended daily iron intake, and just around one-fourth cup of pumpkin seeds is enough to provide you with 185mg of magnesium which is nearly 50% of recommended daily intake. The scientific studies on pumpkin seeds revealed that one gram of pumpkin seeds contain high L-tryptophan which commonly used in treating anxiety disorders, anxiety attacks, clinical depression, and other mood disorders. Other studies reported that the pumpkin seeds also have the ability to prevent the arteriosclerosis or the hardening of the arteries and regulate the cholesterol level in the body.[pm]