Pumpkin seeds are a variety of nuts that are obtained by drying the seeds in the pumpkin and are very popular among the people. Pumpkin seeds are one of the most beneficial foods in the world. Even consuming a handful of pumpkin seeds, a rich source of antioxidants and fiber, can provide the human body with significant amounts of healthy fats, zinc and magnesium.
It also helps to remove parasites such as tapeworm or intestinal worms from the body. It can improve mental health and relieve menopausal symptoms. It is effective in the treatment of prostate and urinary tract disorders. Thanks to its high fiber content, it strengthens the bones. It reduces the risk of osteoporosis and muscle loss in advanced ages.
Pumpkin seeds, which are a source of vitamin E, protect eye health. With its high antioxidant content, it helps to reduce inflammation and prevents chronic diseases. It strengthens the immune system and increases energy. In addition, pumpkin seeds are effective against fungi and viruses. Thanks to the right amount of consumption, it supports the weight loss process.
Consuming too much can cause digestive problems or cause weight gain. Consuming more than 1 handful of pumpkin seeds per day may cause health problems. Excessive consumption of pumpkin seeds causes acne formation. People with oily skin or skin problems should consume less pumpkin seeds. It can also cause allergies in some people. If symptoms such as itching, redness, and skin rash occur, pumpkin seeds should not be consumed in such cases.
Where is Pumpkin Seed Used?
Pumpkin seeds are consumed in salads, cooked vegetables, multigrain breads and soups as well as nuts. It can be consumed by sprinkling or mixing on energy bars, desserts and yogurt.
Nutritional Value of Pumpkin Seeds
- For the nutritional value of 28gr unshelled raw pumpkin seeds;
- Fiber: 1.7 g
- Carbs: 5 g
- Protein: 7 g
- Fat: 13 g (6 g of this oil is omega-6)
- Vitamin K: 2.35 mcg (18% of daily requirement)
- Phosphorus: 33% of the daily requirement
- Manganese: 42% of the daily requirement
- Magnesium: 73 mg (37% of DV)
- Potassium: 260mg
- Choline: 20mg
- Iron: 2.84 mg (23% of daily requirement)
- Zinc: 2.52 mg (14% of daily requirement)
- Copper: 19% of daily need
28 grams (1/4 cup) of raw pumpkin seeds is about 150 kcal. It contains 15 grams of healthy fats, a few grams of carbohydrates and 8 to 10 grams of vegetable protein.
Pumpkin Seed Oil and Its Benefits
Pumpkin seed oil is a type of vegetable oil. This product, which is also used in our country, is widely used especially in Southeast Austria, East Slovenia, Romania and adjacent regions of Hungary. In these countries, it is often used as a salad dressing, soup and ice cream flavoring.
How to Consume Pumpkin Seeds?
Pumpkin seeds can be consumed by taking 1 teaspoon in the morning on an empty stomach. If it is difficult to drink, you can try mixing it with a tea glass of warm water. You can also mix it with olive oil in your salads. You can mix it with cornmeal and use it as an ointment.
As with all vegetable oils, you can consult your doctor before consuming pumpkin seed oil. Stay healthy...