3. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds, also called pepitas, are the edible seeds of a pumpkin and some cultivars of squash. They’re flat, asymmetrically oval, light green in color and have a white hull. As far as taste goes, they have a creamy nutty flavor and are sweet.
They’re rich in B vitamins including riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, B6, thiamin, folate, and protein. Pumpkin seeds also have vitamins C, E and K, as well as omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, fiber, iron, phosphorous magnesium, and manganese. Not only are they lower in fat than other seeds, they’re packed with sitosterol avenasterol and sitostanol, all of which are phytosterols.
Eating pumpkin seeds regularly will boost your immune system, lower cholesterol, control blood sugar levels, reduce the risk of developing some cancers, improve your cardiovascular health and maintain healthy eyes, skin, and hair. They even fight anxiety and depression.
Diabetes is a growing concern for millions of people and one of the most important components in managing the disease is to regulate blood sugar levels. Pumpkin seeds are an anti-diabetic, which means they can support healthy blood sugar regulation and control because of the ingredients D-chiro-inositol, Trigonelline, and Nicotinic acid.
Men who suffer from issues with their prostate glands should add pumpkin seeds to their diet and women and men who have overactive bladders, will benefit from pumpkin seeds too.
Because they’re so versatile, pumpkin seeds can be incorporated into your eating plan in a number of ways: eat them as they are as a healthy snack, sprinkle them on soups, in salads, smoothies, and yogurt or use them in your baking.