Can a Diabetes eat Pumpkin Seeds?

Pumpkin seeds for health and diabetes


Pumpkins are attractive due to their rounded structure and beautiful yellow-orange color. Not only the recipes prepared from them are tasty but kids also love them as they can perform various kids' activities with pumpkins.


There is a lot of confusion about the category in which Pumpkin must be considered. Is it a gourd, is it a vegetable, is it squash or is it a fruit?
In whatever way you are consuming pumpkin, it is the right move.


Pumpkins fall in the Cucurbitaceae family. They are originally found in North America and are particularly popular around Thanksgiving and Halloween.
In some places, like Australia, pumpkin may refer to the type of winter squash.


Commonly thought of as a vegetable, pumpkin is actually a fruit, as it contains seeds. The flesh or the fruit is used for preparing various delicacies like vegetables, paratha, pancakes, soup, etc.


But did you know that having pumpkin seeds is a wiser move?


Pumpkin seeds nutritional facts

  • 1-ounce (28-gram) serving contains:     
  • Fiber 1.7 grams
  • Carbs 5 grams
  • Protein 7 grams
  • Fat: 13 grams
  • 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

Pumpkin seeds benefits-


• Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of iron, magnesium, antioxidants, zinc, and many other nutrients that help in maintaining good heart health.

Antioxidants can not only protect cells from harmful free radicals but also reduce inflammation.

• Pumpkin seeds are found to be helpful in reducing symptoms of overactive bladder and benign prostate enlargement.

• Pumpkin seeds are also found to help prevent certain types of cancer.

• Pumpkin seeds contain healthy magnesium necessary for blood sugar levels, blood pressure, bone, and heart health.

• Pumpkin seeds are found to increase nitric oxide generation in one's body which is very good for heart health.

Nitric oxide helps in many ways like in expansion of blood vessels, improving blood flow, and reducing plaque growth in your arteries.

• Pumpkin seeds can help to reduce blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics.

• Risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity is highly reduced due to the high fiber content of pumpkin seeds.

Zinc, tryptophan, and magnesium present in pumpkin seeds help promote good sleep.


How to consume pumpkin seeds?

One can include pumpkin seeds in the total dose of 4-8 teaspoons of 2-3 types of seeds per day.

 

To summarize, pumpkin seeds are beneficial to become healthy as they contain a lot of nutrients in them which are heart-healthy, blood pressure healthy, and also helpful in type 2 diabetes.


therefore, urge all diabetics and rest others to start having seeds for good health.


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