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Saturday, October 15, 2011
Pumpkin Seeds and your Health
One in Two Halloween-celebrating adults plan to carve a pumpkin for the holiday. With all that carving, you’re bound to be left with a surplus of pumpkin seeds. While many people simply scoop out and discard the seeds as they prepare to carve their jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, offer many health benefits.
Pumpkin seeds were first used by Native Americans, who found the seeds to be useful in eliminating intestinal parasites. The tribes also used pumpkin seeds to treat kidney problems. The seeds are still used to prevent kidney stones, but it is not known how this works.