Didn’t get as many pumpkin seeds out of your pumpkin as you would have liked this year? Or just didn’t get around to roasting them? The Pumpkin seeds they sell in the store just ain’t the same BUT I’ve found some that are close!!! Costco has these bad boys that are just yummy!!! The only ingredients: pumpkin seeds and salt. And they’re not near as super salty as the other brands of pumpkin seeds you can buy in the store. Here is some really cool info about pumpkin seeds that most people don’t know:
- They contain lots of minerals and vitamins including phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron, vitamin K, vitamin E, Zinc and copper.
- Contain phytosterols (lower bad cholesterol), L-tryptophan (lowers depression and helps you sleep)
- Are an excellent source of vitamin B group (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) and folates).
- Contain good quality protein 100 g seeds provide 30 g.
- According to studies, pumpkin seeds prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation.
- Reduce inflammation for arthritis without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Are used in many cultures as a natural treatment for tapeworms and other parasites.
- Are good for prostate health! The oil in pumpkin seeds helps to alleviate difficult urination that happens with an enlarged prostate.
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. However, the oils in pumpkin seeds can go rancid once the package is open just like any other nut or seed so it’s still important to store them in the fridge once you crack that seal.