I wasn’t expecting to make another post on pumpkin seeds so soon. However, in my previous post which was on my roasted pumpkin seeds with garlic and rosemary, I received some comments regarding if we are supposed to remove the husk or not before eating them. I had eaten them whole. I hadn’t given them a single thought as the outer shell was delightfully thin and crispy. But it got me thinking. Doubting. What if you are supposed to remove the husk and eating them weren’t heathy?
So I decided to read about removing or not the husk of pumpkin seeds. It turns out that the husks are very healthy indeed and a great source of zinc. Zinc is great for the immune system, would healing, memory function, preventing retina damage, plus if you have a cold it can make your cold disappear quicker. Eating the husk thus sounds like a good idea. Wether or not you eat them thus depends on your preferences or if you have some pumpkin seeds with especially hard husks that they would need to be removed.While we’re at it, here are a few facts about pumpkin seeds:
- Pumpkin seeds are high in vitamins, minerals and proteins. Their nutritional content actually improves over time.
- Pumpkin seeds are the most alkaline seeds.
- Some studies are suggesting that pumpkin seeds may improve insulin regulation and prevent complications in diabetes.
- Eating pumpkin seeds was popular in ancient Greece.
- Pumpkin seeds help prevent kidney stones.
- Pumpkin seeds help reduce inflammation in arthritis.
- Some cultures in India and Mexico use pumpkin seeds as a remedy for tapeworm.
- Pumpkin seeds are great for men’s health.
- Pumpkin seeds are not highly allergenic and should be safe for most people.
- There have been archaeologic findings of pumpkin seeds in caves in Mexico dating from 7000 B.C.
Also, as we know, they make a fantastic snack.
Note: Yesterday I had decided to make this unexpected post on pumpkin seeds, then I saw that the Weekly Photo Challenge is called Unexpected. It’s strange how coincidences sometimes happen. The fact that I also had a new batch of raw pumpkin seeds to photograph was also a bit of a coincidence.
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