Authentic Food of the Day: Pumpkin Seeds!

It doesn’t have to be Halloween in order for you to enjoy pumpkin seeds. Granted, fresh seeds straight from the pumpkin are the best, but many health food stores offer pumpkin seeds in their bulk bins all year. These seeds were a celebrated food of the Native Americans who recognized them for their health benefits. They have also been a popular snack in Mexico for many years. Pumpkin seeds are a wonderful source of zinc which makes it a great food for boosting your immune-system. They are also a concentrated source of protein which is important for helping our body maintain strong muscles and tissues. Studies have shown that the phytonutrients found in pumpkin seeds can promote good prostate health, making these seeds a good snack option for men. They have also been shown to have a positive effect on those who are suffering from arthritis. In addition to all of these health properties, pumpkin seeds are a good source of manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper.

DID YOU KNOW:

– Green pumpkin seeds are referred to as “pepitas” and are very popular in Mexico.

– The hulls of the pumpkin seeds are a good source of fiber. They aren’t typically eaten but they are edible!