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Source Your Omega-6 from Pumpkin Seeds this Fall

by Jessica Thomas

 

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but what do you do with all those excess pumpkin seeds you receive from your pumpkin carvings and Thanksgiving displays left sitting around your house?  Don’t let those seeds go to waste!  Save them and use them to promote your health during this holiday season!

A well-balanced diet and eating right around the holidays can always present a challenge, but we have a short and simple pumpkin seed recipe that will allow you to make sure that you receive the right amount of Omega-6 intake that your body craves!

Omega-6 fatty acids are critical for the body’s healthy development. However, it’s very important to have the proper balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fats. The human body has the capability to produce all fatty acids except for both the omega-3 fatty acid and the omega-6 fatty acid.  Since the human body requires that these fatty acids be consumed, they have been categorized as “essential fatty acids”.  Researchers suspect that omega-6s promote inflammation. Omega-3s, meanwhile, are anti-inflammatory. This shows the importance of a well-balanced ratio between omega-3s and omega-6s within our own everyday diet and how an imbalance between these essential fatty acids can potentially lead to a higher risk of associated diseases.

The modern Western diet is crammed with omega-6s. They’re found in oils like peanut, soy, corn, and sunflower. Most salad dressings are rich with omega-6s.

To promote cardiovascular health, you need to consume both omega-6s and omega-3s. That’s why pumpkin seeds can be incredibly healthy. The seeds contain both fatty acids as well as an appreciable amount of fiber.

Here’s a simple recipe to try if you feel that you are not getting enough omega-6s in your diet.

 

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients

  • 5 cups pumpkin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons melted butter
  • Pinch of Salt

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 300F
  • Add all ingredients to a bowl
  • Make sure the seeds are coated with butter
  • Place the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  • Bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes.

Voila! You’ve just created a delicious, heart-healthy snack. Looking forward to your continued health this holiday season!