Nutritional Facts: Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds

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.

Pumpkin seeds close up

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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    1. Sofia 2013-11-24 at 21:29

      Thanks Julie!

  1. Amar Naik 2013-11-23 at 21:53

    nice clicks

    1. Sofia 2013-11-24 at 21:29

      Thank you Amar 🙂

  2. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward 2013-11-23 at 22:14

    Sofia – This is super interesting! I had no idea that people did not even eat husks. I always eat them! I am elated to hear that they are so healthy. 🙂 As for pumpkin seeds themselves, I only knew that they were rich in beneficial fatty acids – nothing about their myriad benefits and rich history. How exactly are they good for men’s health? Do other squash seeds have the same healthy benefits as pumpkin seeds? – Best, Shanna

    1. Sofia 2013-11-24 at 21:31

      Apparently they are good for prostate problems. I should think squash seeds would have the same or if not very similar properties! xx

  3. Johnny Hepburn 2013-11-24 at 00:26

    You’re getting really good Depth of Field with your camera! Mine won’t go smaller than F4, ouch!

    1. Sofia 2013-11-24 at 21:32

      Yeah, I’ve very happy with this camera!

  4. Guillermina Bósquez Stover 2013-11-24 at 00:34

    Pumpkin seeds were eaten in ancient Greece? I thought pumpkins came from over here in the New World!!!!

    1. Sofia 2013-11-24 at 21:31

      You know what, you’re right it does sound confusing. Thats what I’ve read though. I can’t say as I wasn’t there 😉 unless reincarnation exists… xxx

      1. Guillermina Bósquez Stover 2013-11-26 at 06:11

        Of course reincarnation exists! Scientifically, all the matter there is never disappears, so when we die, we become something else, part of some other organic thing, like dirt, worms, seeds, plants, trees, water, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera…we become part of what we were before, and therefore, part of the UNIVERSE…

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  6. India Alexandra 2013-11-24 at 13:40

    Isn’t it funny when someone asks an innocent q and then you immediately start doubting yourself!! Possibly a bigger lesson here in this post, to trust & believe yourself? Trust me, I am no exception. But, I didn’t realise that they were such a good source of zinc. We have lots of pumpkin seeds here at home which we snack on during the evenings (in between crisps!) xx

    1. Sofia 2013-11-24 at 21:33

      You are so right. I do realise I doubt myself way too much and we should both then stop doubting ourselves so much. xx

  7. Sunny 2013-11-24 at 14:23

    Hey Sofia, thanks for checking up on the nutrition facts! Now I’m itching to get another pumpkin and keep the seeds this time! Rosemary and garlic sound so yum!

    1. Sofia 2013-11-24 at 21:34

      The good thing about pumpkins is that you can also have fun carving faces, even if its not Halloween 🙂 and then make things with the pulp AND the seeds! xx

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    1. Sofia 2013-11-25 at 20:35

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it 🙂

  9. dalo2013 2013-11-25 at 12:46

    Nice photos, and really good news to know the husk of the seed is good for you as I too eat the whole thing (my friends in China all think I am crazy…they only eat the inner seeds). Cheers

    1. Sofia 2013-11-25 at 20:37

      Really? haha actually I can imagine I do or eat things that is acceptable to the Asian part of me (for example considering avocados as fruit and having them with chocolate) and my friends here freak out when I tell them. Cheers!

      1. dalo2013 2013-11-26 at 04:28

        It is a little crazy, especially because Chinese cuisine eats just about everything (and they make it all delicious as well). Avocados and chocolate…I will have to see it to believe it 🙂

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  11. rickyyuliam 2013-12-03 at 04:26

    wahhh biji labu…yah
    di indonesia nama nya kuaci…lol…
    nice to meet you…
    From Indonesia
    Ricky. . .

  12. laurasmess 2013-12-03 at 08:45

    I always thought it was necessary to remove the husks as most people I know (Asians included) seem to split and discard the husks whilst eating the kernels. Very cool. Love the photos in this, and thanks for the info! xx


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