Pumpkin Seeds

     Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas not only taste wonderful but they are very good for your body. It is believed that pumpkin seeds may have the following health benefits;

  • lowers blood cholesterol
  • reduces risks of some cancers
  • helps the immune system
  • very good source of magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus
  • good source of zinc, protein, iron, and copper
  • arthritic anti-inflammatory
  • because of the zinc it protect mens' bones
  • may promote prostate health
     A 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds have 186 calories. They should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.You can make your own at home by wiping them with a paper towel to remove any pulp from the pumpkin, lay them in a single layer on a brown paper bag for several hours to dry them and then roast them slightly in the oven at about 165 degrees for 17 minutes. After their done you can use them whole, chop them, grind them, and then add to recipes like ground meat, salads, casseroles, or anything you want.