They’re cheap, widely available, and packed with all kinds of helpful nutrients. But pumpkin seeds aren’t exactly the world’s most popular snack. Maybe it’s time that changed.
Not only are pumpkin seeds delicious — especially when roasted at home with a little salt and extra virgin olive oil — eating them on a regular basis has been shown to promote heart and prostate health while keeping a range of cancers at bay. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the advantages of eating pumpkin seeds. (We’ve also got some great tips on how to repurpose leftover pumpkin, check it out here).
1. Packed with Protein
Getting a sufficient amount of protein in your diet is really important, for two major reasons: first, protein can help you build muscle, a primary goal for any fitness-minded individual. Second, protein can help us feel full, limiting the chances that we’ll go out and binge on less healthy foods that are high in fat, sugar, salt, and calories.
Here’s the good news: pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of protein, with each 28-gram serving containing roughly 7 grams of protein. That’s particularly helpful for vegans and vegetarians who may struggle to get enough protein by avoiding meat.