Health Benefits of Pepitas – Pumpkin Seeds

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Yep, this is all that cyber-space needs right now – another “health benefits of ___” post/article to enter into the world wide web of propaganda, incorrect info, etc., but I haven’t did one in a while, so I figured that now is as good a time as any.  The reason why I seem a little less than motivated to write about such subjects anymore, is that it gets old hearing about how all of these foods have “health benefits” and how it is such an amazing tidbit of knowledge to realize that eating certain foods may be beneficial to your health.  Pardon me, but I often say in response to such claims, “no shit!”  Candy bars, cakes, pies, twinkies and doughnuts, for example, don’t grow off trees or from the ground; so yeah, I’d say that some of these other naturally grown foods may have more benefits; don’t ya think?

Basically what I’m trying to say, is that anything organically grown from the ground that isn’t poisonous or toxic, will most likely have at least some type of health benefits.  If that wasn’t the case, it would be like saying that some fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, etc., are not good for you.  Now of course, if you are allergic to certain types of foods, it wouldn’t be a healthy choice to eat them, but that still doesn’t take away the “health benefits” that they may have for others.  On a better note, there are, as they say, “super-foods” out there that do seem to contain a significant amount more benefits for your health than other foods, and those are the ones I would concentrate on more, at least when it comes to talking, writing or reading about them.

Anyway, that’s enough senseless drivel for now, so lets get back to the main topic…

Today, I chose Pepitas and/or Pumpkin Seeds to briefly talk about.  As many of you may already know, seeds, nuts, and legumes are packed with a high concentration of nutrients and calories and are often put in the same group – due to similarities.  These energy rich seeds, nuts, and beans are also easy to add to any diet.  …On this post, we are not talking about nuts and legumes, as they are all so very common.  However, pepitas are not as typical and many people have never even ate them before.  Although, I must say, I still prefer sunflower seeds over pumpkin seeds, without a doubt…

Before we go any further, since some of you that are not familiar with the term, may be saying: “pepitas…  what in the hell is that?”  Pepita (from Mexican Spanish: pepita de calabaza, “little seed of squash”) is a Spanish culinary term for the pumpkin seed, the edible seed of a pumpkin or other cultivar of squash. The seeds are typically rather flat and asymmetrically oval, and light green in color inside a white hull. The word can refer either to the hulled kernel or unhulled whole seed, and most commonly refers to the roasted end product.  Pepitas are a popular ingredient in Mexican cuisine and are also roasted and served as a snack.  Marinated and roasted, they are an autumn seasonal favorite in the rural United States, as well as a commercially produced and distributed packaged snack, like sunflower seeds, available year-round.

Personally, I just call ’em pumpkin seeds.  I’ve recently ate them for the first time, both hulled and unhulled versions, and they wasn’t bad; they were kinda different, something that seems to taste better as you eat more and more (sort of like an acquired taste), but other than eating them for the health benefits, I’d probably only normally consume them in certain types of cuisines, soups, salads, mixed with other foods and whatnot…

—Health Benefits of Pepitas – Pumpkin Seeds:

* They promote prostate health; maybe that’s why you will often see pumpkin seed extract in male performance pills.  Eat up, guys…

* Many studies claim that the consumption of pumpkin seeds help improve bladder function and how they also supposedly help prevent the formation of Kidney Stones.

* They contain L-tryptophan, a compound that is often touted for being effective against depression.  I knew somebody before, that ate raw pumpkin seeds because it made them “feel happy,” so maybe there is some truth to that…

* Pepitas are packed with fiber, protein, and other healthy nutrients such as: manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, tryptophan, iron, copper, zinc, vitamin K.

* They are a natural anti-inflammatory, which you can read more about this type of subject, here:  “Heart Healthy – Anti-Inflammatory Sources

* Pumpkin seeds are used in many cultures as a natural treatment for parasites, and they are also included in other various types of natural remedies.

* Pepitas contain phytosterols, which are compounds that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol and also protect against many cancers.  If you’re interested in the cholesterol subject, visit the blog post:  “Cholesterol Myths Debunked

There are other beneficial properties, when it comes to pumpkin seeds, but I just listed a few of the most commonly talked about.  If you’re looking for other informative writings that relate to health and well-being, you may want to visit one of my other blogs that specializes in such things:  “Health & Fitness Guru Blog

—Related Links:  “Health Benefits of Laughing,” “Health Benefits of Beer & Alcohol,” and the “Health Benefits of Hot Peppers.”  Cheers!


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