These little seeds are big on nutrients. Given that we are in the season of pumpkin patches and pumpkin pie, you probably have a surplus of pumpkin seeds. Instead of discarding them, clean them off and get to roasting!
These tasty seeds are packed high with zinc, magnesium and the healthy kind of fat you want to consume. Not to mention that they’re incredibly versatile and delicious. Beyond adding flavor and crunch to your foods,here are just some of the health perks you may benefit from eating pumpkin seeds.
Pumpkin seeds are high in antioxidants.
Antioxidant-rich foods are known to protect the body against many diseases, as well as reduce and prevent uncomfortable inflammation. Antioxidants also help to prevent certain cancers.
Pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium.
Magnesium is a mineral you need to stay healthy, but you may be surprised to know that at least half of all Americans (some studies report up to 80%) aren’t getting the recommended daily dosage. Magnesium helps with blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugar and more.
Pumpkin seeds are high in fiber.
You can expect a little over a one gram of fiber per one ounce serving of pumpkin seeds. That’s an impressive amount of fiber for such a small serving. Foods containing a fair amount of fiber promotes good digestive health, as well as a reduced risk of diabetes and obesity.
Pumpkin seeds may help you sleep.
And here you thought all of that Thanksgiving turkey was to blame. Tryptophan, an amino acid known to aid in sleep, found in turkey also occurs in pumpkin seeds. The high levels of magnesium and zinc in pumpkin seeds may lull you to better sleep.
So, give pumpkin seeds some love this season. Roast them and eat plain, sprinkle raw as a topping on salad, or even make your own granola with seeds, oats and other nutrient-rich foods.