Monday, January 30, 2006

Pepitas good sources of zinc and iron

Pepitas good sources of zinc and ironPepitas are pumpkin seeds and they are often incorporated into Mexican cooking, but the seeds are also used in traditional medicine.

Some studies have suggested five to 10 grams a day could help prevent kidney stones, while there are also claims for effects against parasites, such as tapeworms.

Parasites aside, the seeds are good sources of zinc and iron (25 grams or so provide more than 20 per cent of the recommended daily iron intake).

To gain the maximum nutritional benefit, eat them raw - maybe tossed in a salad, or simply munched as a snack.

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