The wonders of pumpkin seeds

Often times we throw out the seeds when we eat pumpkin, without even knowing that they possess wonderful nutritional value.  These seeds have already been recognized for quite some time to possess several nutritious and medicinal properties.Pipas de calabaza

Pumpkin seeds benefits and qualities

A list of pumpkin seed benefits and qualities:

  • Help eliminate intestinal parasites
  • Possesses diuretic and mucolytic properties
  • Contains a large amount of unsaturated fatty acids (so don’t eat in excess as this contributes to overweight).
  • Styrian oil is derived from them (this oil should always be consumed cold).  This oil protects against breast cancer, alleviates premenstrual symptoms, benign prostate disorders, and is recommended for illnesses affecting the joints, like arthritis.  It is also used to treat problems with the nervous system, blood circulation, or hypertension.
  • Rich in minerals, most of all zinc.
  • Contain considerable amounts of vitamins A and D, which is why they are recommended to nourish and beautify the skin.  Also used to treat skin conditions like acne and dermatitis.
  • Possess antioxidant properties that help slow aging.
  • Provide large amounts of protein, making them indispensable in vegetarian diets.
  • Consuming 10 grams of pumpkin seeds a day helps prevent kidney stones.

How to eat pumpkin seeds

These seeds can be peeled and eaten, although this definitely requires a lot of patience.  They are very small seeds, but you won’t regret it, because they are incredibly delicious.  It’s best to eat them fresh, recently pulled from the pumpkin.  You can also sun-dry them, eating them shortly after.  Some people even fry them in a bit of oil and salt, or add them to honey or jam.

Pumpkin seeds can also be used in a variety of recipes, like this one here:

Pumpkin dessert

This dessert is a treat, and is very nutritious and easy to make.  Give it to your family or friends, and even to children as a healthy treat.  But let them know ahead of time not to spit the seeds out, but to eat them as part of the cake.

Ingredients:

  • Half of one pumpkin
  • Half a cup of prunes
  • Raw or brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Water

Directions:

1. Cut the pumpkin into small squares and place in a pan with skin and everything (previously washed well).

2. Add one liter of water (or enough to cover the pumpkin).

3. Add to heat and bring to a boil.  Add raw sugar, a few thin slices of cinnamon, and the prunes.

4. When the pumpkin is cooked, remove from heat.  If necessary, add more water to boil.

5. Serve with a glass of cold soy milk or vanilla ice cream on top of pumpkin bits.

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