Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are rich in protein and healthy fats to build muscle and support memory. They are also high in B vitamins and L-tryptophan, which support healthy and happy hormone levels. The World Health Association recommends consuming pumpkin seeds as a healthy way to obtain the minerals magnesium and zinc.
Just one ounce (28-gram) of pumpkin seeds provides all this nutrition:
- Fiber: 1.7 grams
- Carbs: 5 grams
- Protein: 7 grams
- Fat: 13 grams (6 of which are omega-6s)
- Vitamin K: 18% of the RDI
- Phosphorus: 33% of the RDI
- Manganese: 42% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 37% of the RDI
- Iron: 23% of the RDI
- Zinc: 14% of the RDI
- Copper: 19% of the RDI
There is also evidence they may help reduce blood sugar and improve your sleep quality.
At ZEGO we carefully choose all our ingredients to maximize the nutrition content of our products. But we use pumpkin seeds not only for their nutrition. They also have a delightful flavor and texture. They are crunchy when you first bite them, followed by a satisfying chewiness, which adds a wonderful dimension to our recipes.
Colleen Kavanagh is the founder and CEO of ZEGO. ZEGO is the first purity-transparent food company, making superfood products with traceable transparency designed to be safe for most people to eat regardless of dietary restrictions like common allergies, intolerances and sugar sensitivity. ZEGO makes oats, muesli, protein powder, Mix-ins and nutrition bars. It is certified as a B Corp and as Women Owned.
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