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From Spanish pepita de calabaza, "little seed of squash") is an edible seed of a pumpkin or other cultivar of squash They are a popular ingredient in Mexican cooking and are also roasted and served as a snack.Marinated and roasted, they are an autumn seasonal favorite in the rural United States.In the Americas, they have been eaten since at least the time of the Aztecs and probably much earlier. Lightly roasted, salted, unhulled pumpkin seeds are popular in Greece with the descriptive Italian name, passatempo ("pastime"). The seeds are also good sources of protein, and the essential minerals iron (25 grams (about a US quarter-cup) can provide over 20 per cent of the recommended daily iron intake) as well as zinc, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and potassium. The seeds also provide essential polyunsaturated fatty acids (including at least one ω-3 unsaturated fatty acid and at least one ω-6 unsaturated fatty acid).The seeds (and seed oil of pumpkins, such as Cucurbita pepo varieties have been subject to a great deal of research, especially into the treatment of prostate ailments. Whole seeds or kernels According to the USDA one gram of pepita contains 4.31 mg and one gram of pepita protein contains 15.3 mg of L-tryptophan, whereas one cup of milk contains 183 mg. This high tryptophan content makes pepita of interest to researchers studying the treatment of anxiety disorders. Some eat the seeds as preventative measure against onset of anxiety attacks, clinical depression and other mood disorders. Some studies have also found pumpkin seeds to prevent arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and to regulate cholesterol levels in the body. According to Nicole Egenberger, ND, clinic director for Remed Naturopaths, certain unnamed studies suggest that pepita ingestion may lower the risk of certain types of kidney stones. In making this claim, Nicole used the phrase "omega fatty acids".
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