Love your pumpkin and want to nibble them down to the last bite? Do not spare the seeds! These tiny pumpkin seeds are loaded with nutritional elements. They are typically roasted and made ready for consumption. These seeds make ideal “munch-on-the-go” healthy snack alternatives. These Seeds are also known as “Kaddu Seeds” in Hindi. They are the most alkaline-forming seed making it a much healthier option than an acidic-forming food substance.
HERE ARE FIVE REASONS YOU SHOULD BE SNACKING ON PUMPKIN SEEDS:
- Pumpkin Seed Benefits – As mentioned, these seeds are full of valuable nutrients, high in antioxidants and fiber. Thus, they benefit the heart, liver, boost the immune system, help in fighting diabetes, give a glow to the skin and shine to the hair and also lower the risk of certain cancers. They also contain tryptophan which is converted to serotonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep, mood, fight depression and other body functions. It also contain the compounds, phytosterols, that help reduces levels of LDL cholesterol. Studies have also proved these seeds to prevent the formation of kidney stones.
- Seeds Nutrition – These very tiny seeds are rich in essential minerals like zinc, copper, phosphorous, magnesium and manganese. They are also rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, B, E and K. They contain sodium and potassium as well.
- Pumpkin Seeds Benefits for Men – Specific to men, these seeds are believed to:
- Help relieve symptoms of prostate gland enlargement
- Improve sperm quality thus lowering the risk of infertility in men
- Treat symptoms of overactive bladder.
- Kaddu Seeds Benefits for Women – Oil of this seed is rich in natural phytoestrogens. These are believed to increase the good HDL cholesterol. Menopausal symptoms such as headaches, a decrease in blood pressure, hot flashes, and joint pains are considerably lowered and reduced. They are the richest source of zinc which acts as a natural buffer against osteoporosis.
- Calories in Pumpkin Seeds – Ideally, They must be consumed without added oil, butter, salt or other seasonings to give you a caloric value of 126 for a 100-g serving. It contains “healthy fat,” are low in sodium and high in protein making them an extremely healthy snack food. About 100 g of seeds contains about 30 g of protein.
We are indeed grateful to the Mexicans who discovered this seeds centuries ago! They indeed taste very delicious with a chewy texture and subtly sweet, nutty flavour. They are available in many different forms – raw and shelled, raw and unshelled, roasted and shelled, and roasted and unshelled. They are an integral part of Mexican and Native American cuisine and it’s high time it became part of ours as well! Whoever thought that the humble pumpkin seed would have so much to offer? Well, now you know!