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13 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

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13 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are the only seed that is alkaline-forming; in this world of highly acidic diets, that is a very good thing.

Pumpkin seeds taste so good that I add them to many of my meals. They are easy to make highly digestible by soaking for only six hours. I have added a video of this soaking process for you to watch on the last page.

Did You Know? History and Interesting Trivia

  • Pumpkin seeds were discovered by archaeologists in caves in Mexico that date back to 7,000 B.C.
  • North American tribes were the very first to observe the particular miracle in pumpkin seeds. Pumpkins and their seeds were an important Native American Indian food used for their dietary and medicinal properties.
  • Pumpkin seeds are called pepitas in Mexico and they are a trademark of Mexican cuisine.
  • Pumpkin seeds were very popular in ancient Greece.
  • The nutrition in pumpkin seeds improves with age; they are among the few foods that increase in nutritive value as they decompose. According to tests made at the Massachusetts Experimental Station, squash and pumpkin seeds stored for more than five months show a marked increase in protein content.
  • Pumpkin seeds are high in calories, about 559 calories per 100 g.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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6:55PM PST on Dec 15, 2014

Who knew that we should try to eat 6month old pumpkin seeds for maximum benefit?

12:32AM PST on Dec 12, 2014

Ty

1:43AM PST on Dec 8, 2014

Ty

5:10AM PST on Dec 7, 2014

I bought some 'organic from Austria' they are luxurious, almost black, intense flavor..

9:11AM PST on Dec 3, 2014

Thanks for sharing

1:24PM PST on Nov 23, 2014

thank you

2:57AM PDT on Oct 24, 2014

ty

12:38PM PDT on Oct 19, 2014

Thank you!

5:52AM PDT on Oct 17, 2014

thanks for the recipes

8:28AM PDT on Oct 16, 2014

good to know

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