October 6 is National Pumpkin Seed Day

October is when fall decorations start appearing and we definitely notice pumpkins everywhere. Let’s not forget about the mighty pumpkin seed! Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, provide healthy fats, fiber, zinc and magnesium. The protein in pumpkin seeds is also the best plant source of Arginine, an amino acid that helps the body build protein. Pumpkin seeds are full of antioxidants that help reduce inflammation. These powerhouse seeds can reduce the risk of cancer including stomach, lung, prostate and colon cancer. Consuming pumpkin seeds has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women (Nutr Cancer 2012). One-ounce of raw pumpkin seeds contains ~150 calories with almost 2 grams of fiber and over 7 grams of protein. They are easy to add to your day by sprinkling some pumpkin seeds on a salad, add to a smoothie or use to garnish soup. Or simply grab a handful as a snack!