Are Pumpkin Seeds Good For You?
A crunchy addition to delicious salads or added to a batch of nutty seeded bread, many will agree that pumpkin seeds are delicious. How good are they for you, though? Find out everything you need to know about them here.
What are pumpkin seeds?
As you might have guessed, they are the small oval seeds that can be found inside pumpkins. Once they have been scooped out from the pumpkin, they can be eaten raw or roasted with spices and oil as a snack or topping to salads and soups.
Do pumpkin seeds have nutritional benefits?
Yes — just a few small pumpkin seeds are actually deceptively rich in nutrients. They are:
- High in protein — a portion of around 30g contains 7g of protein
- High in fibre
- Great source of vitamin K and B2
- Great source of minerals such as potassium and magnesium, and a good range of minerals such as iron, zinc and calcium
- Good source of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that converts to vitamin A
Are pumpkin seeds good for you?
Yes, pumpkin seeds are good for you and are a great addition to a balanced diet. They may help regulate blood sugar levels, and research has shown they may also help regulate blood pressure and general heart health.
Looking for inspiration to add more sunflower seeds to your diet? Try this vegan keto granola, packed full of heart-healthy nuts and seeds.
By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.