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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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2:16AM PDT on May 29, 2015

Never ate those. Thanks for sharing.

5:57AM PDT on May 5, 2015

So many of our foods have benefits. It seems like we need to learn that everything in the environment has a benefit can use the rest of the environment. except ticks and mosquitoes... I could live without those. Of course, moving species to where they don't belong can be a disaster. but it's nice to know that pumpkin seeds have health beneficial quality.

8:05AM PST on Mar 3, 2015

thank you

5:28AM PST on Feb 8, 2015

thx

11:57PM PST on Feb 1, 2015

Loved these as a kid

5:38AM PST on Jan 23, 2015

pumpkin seed oil is very tasty...

9:58AM PST on Jan 18, 2015

Oh wow... now I am going to start aging my pumpkin seeds for more value!

8:35AM PST on Jan 16, 2015

Ty

8:34AM PST on Jan 16, 2015

Thanks

8:34AM PST on Jan 16, 2015

Ty

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