Pumpkin seeds are the edible seeds of a pumpkin or certain other cultivars of squash.
In North America, Pumpkin Seed kernels are typically referred to as “Pepitas”.
Pumpkin seeds are a good source of healthful oils, magnesium, and other nutrients that enhance the health of the heart, bones, and other functions.
Pumpkin Seeds are considered to be a great source of potassium, magnesium, and calcium.
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The fatty acids in pumpkin seeds contains a range of beneficial nutrients, such as sterols, squalene, and tocopherols. Researchers have described the fatty acid profile of seeds, grains, and legumes as “favorable.”
Pumpkin seeds are also a good source of minerals such as:
Pumpkin seeds contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, antioxidants, and fiber. This combination has benefits for both the heart and liver.
The fiber in pumpkin seeds helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood and decrease the risk of heart disease.
Seeds have a high-fat content, so they are prone to rancidity. Keep pumpkin seeds in a cool, dark, and dry place to improve shelf life.
If stored properly, pumpkin seeds will keep for 3-4 months.
Pumpkin seeds can be eaten alone as a snack or added to dishes for extra taste and a crunchy texture.
They can be mixed and roasted with other nuts and dried fruits to create a delicious mix.
The Pumpkin seed kernels can be made into butter by blending raw pumpkin seeds in a food processor until smooth.
The Pumpkin seed kernels is also used as a filling for pastries or topping for baked goods and various food dishes.
Most people eat pumpkin seeds in moderation without experiencing negative side effects. You can eat raw or roasted pumpkin seeds and shells. You can also eat hulled pumpkin seeds. Both are available at natural food stores and many grocery stores.
Pumpkin seed shells are chewy. Their edges may also become sharp during chewing. If you have any difficulty chewing food or swallowing, you may want to stick to eating hulled varieties.
Pumpkin seeds are high in fiber, so eating large amounts may cause gas or bloating.
Eating large amounts of pumpkin seeds at once may cause constipation.