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Pumpkin Seeds

Thursday, June 07, 2012

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Why the sad face? Well my mom and I recently visited a local Whole Foods store and found pumpkins seeds. She heard on Dr. Oz that they were good at curbing the appetite. I didn’t watch the particular show but from her excitement I don’t think it was mentioned how high they are in calories and fat. I was actually in disbelief when I looked up the nutritional value right here on Sparkpeople.com. 1 cup - 640 calories and over 50 grams of fat. Can you believe it? It’s still hard to believe that those little seeds are packing that much fat and calories and this is for the raw version.

No I won’t trade them for a cheeseburger cause they do have health benefits: Protein, lowering bad LDL cholesterol, said to help with Prostate Health and one claim was they help fight against depression.
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Good for that. Perhaps that will help me get over the fact that I won’t be eating as many aday as I thought I would. I actually like the taste of them in their raw form.
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  • no profile photo CD6939912
    Well, you aren't supposed to have a cup of pumpkin seeds. They are that kind of nut. If you want a nut for snacking, I'd opt for almonds or pistachios and limit yourself to 15-30 of them. That, along with some water, WILL curve your appetite.

    But, I've been having pumpkin seeds and find them YUMMY and so versatile. They go with everything. I don't snack on them though. I SPRINKLE them on things like salads, or add them to yogurt or to anything that I might want a little crunch in or a little extra fiber. Use them as you would sunflower seeds. Even a .25 cup would be too much, probably. Try something like a tbsp. That should suffice. Weight what you plan to have on your food scale just to be safe.

    But, remember that ALL nuts are a little high in calories and in fat. Some fat is needed and is healthy for us. So, choose wisely. The times that I usually add nuts to my day is when I"ve had a lot of fruits and veggies and not a lot of protein and fat and calories. In those instances, nuts are needed to just bring the calories (if I'm focusing on meeting a certain amount) up to par.
    3262 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4283881
    emoticon O my goodness. Who would have thought that something grown from the ground would be so fattening? Thanks for sharing with.
    3262 days ago
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