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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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12:37AM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

Good question Andrew P. I'd like to know if you find it's the seeds.

I used to throw away the seeds from butternut squashes but now I wash and then roast them, as shown in the video, and they taste gorgeous.

3:50PM PDT on Jun 27, 2014

Pepitas. Yum! Thanks for sharing.

2:32PM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

Ty

1:42AM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

I love pepitas (pumpkin seeds without shells) and my dog loves them too :)

1:20PM PDT on May 15, 2014

Good, thanks!

4:15PM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

MMMM, Yum!

1:05PM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

and they taste delicious!
Thanks Diana for the info.

1:42PM PDT on Apr 23, 2014

Ive been eating pumpkin seeds for over a month now about 1 cup a day and my cholestrol is up and my a1c. Does eating pumpkin seeds cause this or do they help relieve this as I have read?

7:33AM PDT on Apr 20, 2014

Thanks for the information

10:03AM PDT on Apr 13, 2014

taste good too

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