ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Food and Cooking»
  • Cooking Ingredients

Crunchy Savoury Pumpkin Seeds: What Can They Do For You?

Updated on October 5, 2014

Toasting Pumpkin Seeds

Creative Commons Licence  Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
Creative Commons Licence Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) | Source

Buy Pumpkin Products On Amazon

Tired of the regular old fare that graces your dining table and your cupboards? Looking for a culinary sensation that's a change from the same old same old? Or a snack that's both healthful and delicious, that isn't exactly what you've always had before?

Well, if you haven't had them before then how about giving pumpkin seeds a whirl, instead of your usual peanuts or cashews? Great for a snack on the sofa in front of the tv, and a lot better for you than potato chips, I'd assert.

What are the benefits of pumpkin seeds? They're high in monounsaturated fat, which has been asserted to be kind to heart health.5 How much monounsaturated fat? Consulting the Nutritiondata website, they have a whopping 29.7 grams per 227 gram serving,1 so that ain't stingy!

And for the vegetarians and vegans, there's the zinc content of pumpkin seeds to consider. Again taking a look at Nutritondata, they have 16.9 milligrams per 227 gram serving.1 Which isn't too bad compared to the RDA for a male of over 19 years of age, of 15 milligrams,`2 although dwarfed by non-veggie options such as canned oysters (147 milligrams per 162 grams)3 or veal liver (9.0 milligrams per 80 grams).4 Do pumpkin seeds have any value in fighting disease? Qi et al mention them as potentially useful in the battle against diabetes, infection, cancer and oxidative stress, amongst other ailments and conditions.6

But never mind their nutritional status: what do pumpkin seeds taste like? Are you actually going to want to eat them? They certainly have an unusual and distinctive taste when you first come to them, but it's far from unpleasant. You may prefer them raw, perhaps straight out of the shell: my own preference is sold ready-shelled, and then lightly toasted at home. (You have to be very careful about the timing, though, and preferably never far away from the oven or toaster. It's one of those things where they go from not quite done to burnt in the very blink of an eye!

And once you're done toasting your pumpkin seeds, go crazy! Add them to your muesli, add them to your bread. Personally I like them in savoury scones with a whole lot of Italian seasoning and maybe a little grated cheese. Mmmm, yes! They're pretty good in a stir-fry (although I wouldn't toast them first for that.)

Or of course, you could just eat them as is. Just snaffle them down, toasty and savoury and delicious, still warm out of the oven. I'm just sayin'.


References.


1 Nutritiondata.self.com website. Seeds, pumpkin and squash seed kernels, roasted, without salt [pepitas].' Nutritiondata.self.com website. Updated 2012. Available at http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3067/2


2 NIH. Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Zinc. http://ods.od.nih.gov Updated 20/09/2011. Available at http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-HealthProfessional/


3 Nutritiondata.self.com website. Mollusks, oyster, eastern, canned. Updated 2012. Available at http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/finfish-and-shellfish-products/4192/2


4 Nutritiondata.self.com website. Beef, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, pan-fried. Updated 2012. Available at http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/beef-products/3470/2.


5 www.heart.org website. 'Monounsaturated fats.' 'Updated 2012. Available at http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/FatsAndOils/Fats101/Monounsaturated-Fats_UCM_301460_Article.jsp Accessed on 15/09/2012.


6 H Qi, Y Yang, L Wang, Y Xu, S Qu. Determination of Bioactive ingredients In Five Pumpkin Seeds Cultivars'. Advanced Materials Research. 554-557 (985-989). 2012.




Pretty as a Pumpkin!

Public domain image.
Public domain image. | Source

Seeds Of The Great Pumpkin!

What do you know about pumpkin seeds?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)