Pumpkin seeds are packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals and numerous health promoting antioxidants. The nuts are especially rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid that helps to lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increase HDL or “good.” The seeds are also excellent source of amino acids tryptophan and glutamate. Pumpkin kernels are also excellent source of B-complex group of vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 and folates.
Pumpkin seeds are also a good source of protein, magnesium, and zinc! They are a very healthy snack, especially if you don’t add too much salt.
Pumpkin seeds are very nutritious and have several healthy properties. First of all they are a good source of protein. Only 1 oz has about 5.5 grams of protein. 100 grams of seeds provides more than half the daily need of protein. They are also a good source of “good” fats, mono-unsaturated fatty acids which help lower “bad” cholesterol and help increase “good” cholesterol. They are a good source of vitamin e, good metals like copper and manganese as well as a source of the B-complex group of vitamins.
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