Beneficial Usages of Shelled Pumpkin Seeds
Shelled pumpkin seeds are one of the most nutritious and flavorful seeds. Here let's have an overview of its common usages in our daily life.
February 11, 2014 (Newswire.com) - Pumpkin seeds are the flat and oval seeds with light green color. They are subtly sweet and nutty with a malleable, chewy texture. Pumpkin seeds are one of the most nutritious and flavorful seeds. which are high in calories, about 559 calories per 100 g. They are good sources of minerals including phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron and copper and are filled with B vitamins, along with C, D, E and K. They are the most alkaline-forming seeds and contain good quality protein, about 30 g per 100 g seeds. Pumpkin seeds are also rich in essential amino acid, Tryptophan.
Pumpkin seeds can be used as a diuretic to treat bed-wetting in children and facilitate the passage of urine, while smoothing an irritated bladder. They have been known to help with depression and learning disabilities. They are the natural anti-inflammatory for arthritis sufferers. Pumpkin seeds can effectively reduce inflammation without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs. Besides, pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, compounds that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.
In our daily life, pumpkin seeds are also roasted as a popular snack. As commercially produced and distributed packaged snack, pumpkin seeds usually are hulled by the pumpkin seeds shelling machine, and are known as pepitas, and they are a popular ingredient in Mexican cuisines. And also the hulled pumpkin seeds can be salted or sweetened. Just like other nuts and seeds such as peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, etc. they can be used in granolas, biscuits, breads, cookies, casseroles or baked goods and they are also can be added to desserts, particularly sundaes and other confectionary. Pumpkin seeds also can be sprinkled over fruit or vegetable salads, and they are frequently added to enrich in meat, poultry, rice, and vegetable dishes.
Besides, The shelled pumpkin seeds are commercially deed-processed into pumpkin seeds oil and pumpkin seeds butter. Pumpkin seed oil has an intense nutty taste and is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acid. The pumpkin seed oil is used in salad dressing as well as in cooking. And it is also used for desserts, giving ordinary vanilla ice cream a nutty taste. The pumpkin seeds butter is a great alternative to peanut butter. The rich delicious flavor goes great with crackers, bread, muffins, cooked vegetables and in any recipe that requires nut butter. Pumpkin seed oil can be added to soups, pasta, stews, and tomato-based spaghetti sauces to enhance flavor.
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