What are pumpkin seeds?
Pumpkin seeds are edible seeds that come from pumpkin, a fruit from the Cucurbitaceae family or a kind of squash.
These seeds are typically flat, small, and oval-shaped, which can be consumed without the white outer shell. These pumpkin seeds are very high in healthy fats, protein, zinc, iron, magnesium, and many more nutrients that are beneficial for our body. Roasted pumpkin seeds are eaten as a snack food.
Pumpkin seed and its oil have astonishing health benefits because it has minerals and essential antioxidants to reduce, inhibit, and improve many health conditions. It provides benefits to the heart, bones, and many other body functions, as it is rich in zinc and magnesium. One tablespoon of pumpkin seeds contains almost 1 mg of zinc and 40 mg of magnesium, which fulfills around 20% of a daily recommended intake.
Since the World Health Organization (WHO) announced it as the best food to eat for obtaining zinc and magnesium, it has become a popular snack. The growth of exportation and food exploration has boosted its consumption worldwide as a delicious snack.
It has medicinal properties and is used in various medicine preparation. Commonly, it is used as a medicine for diseases such as benign prostatic hyperplasia.