I can remember being a little kid and carving pumpkins at Halloween. My mother would start to throw out all of the seeds I had scooped out and I would shout, “Noooooo!” I just loved them and would clean them and toast them in our little toaster oven. Little did I know back then just how healthy pumpkin seeds are. I just thought they were delicious!
As an adult, I still love pumpkin seeds and will often pick up a little bag of them while grocery shopping. Pumpkin seeds are also added to a lot of cereals and baked goods, but it’s a shame a lot of people don’t know how delicious they are on their own.
But what’s really great is that these little seeds make the perfect snack, especially for diabetics. Not only do they provide a satisfying crunch, they are full of healthy fats and protein that will keep you full for hours.
Let’s look at some of the nutritional benefits of these little seeds. They are low in calories (with only 160 per quarter cup) but they are very nutrient-dense, so you get the most bang for your buck.
For instance, that same quarter cup contains 9 grams of protein, 14 grams of healthy fat, and 3 grams of fiber. And, since there are only 4 grams of carbs for a ¼ cup, but wait we’ll subtract the fiber so there is only 1gram net carbs in a serving, they won’t spike your blood sugar!
It gets even better when you look at the vitamins and minerals in pumpkin seeds. Each ¼ serving of pumpkin seeds offers:
- 74% Recommended Daily Average (RDA) manganese
- 57% RDA phosphorus
- 48% RDA magnesium and copper
- 23% RDA zinc
- 16% RDA iron
- 4% RDA vitamin A and folate
Another really great thing about pumpkin seeds is how versatile they are. You can eat them raw, pan roast them, toast them like I did in your toaster oven, throw them on top of your salads, cereal, yogurt, fruit salad… just about anything sweet or savory will be complimented by these healthy little seeds.
Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds for Type 2 Diabetes
Research suggests that eating pumpkin seeds may help prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes and its complications. This is thanks to the phytochemicals found in pumpkin seeds that may prevent blood sugar spikes. These phytochemicals have also been found to prevent high blood pressure and heart disease.
Since pumpkin seeds contain carotenoids and vitamin E, they can help the body reduce inflammation. As we’ve mentioned many times, inflammation is the root cause of most chronic diseases, including Type 2 diabetes.
And finally, pumpkin seeds have been found to have a protective effect on the liver, perhaps from their healthy unsaturated fatty acids. Research has suggested this may help diabetics prevent liver-related diabetic complications.
The bottom line is, if you are a diabetic, pumpkin seeds will make a wonderful addition to your diet. As a very low-carb snack bursting with potent nutrients and antioxidants, pumpkin seeds make the perfect topping for salads, yogurt and low-carb cereals. Or, you can just munch on a handful to give you some energy for the rest of your day.
And, thanks to their phytochemicals, pumpkin seeds may also help to stabilize your blood sugars and protect your liver from complications from diabetes.
What Other Natural Remedies are There for Type 2 Diabetes?
Great advances have been made in recent years as to the actual cause and most effective management strategies for type 2 diabetes. For instance, many functional doctors are now speaking openly about the fact that type 2 diabetes is totally reversible.
You read that correctly. You don’t have to live the rest of your life pricking yourself daily to test your blood and inject insulin.
Your “chronic” disease doesn’t have to be chronic and you don’t have to live with it anymore.
In fact, when you learn just how simple it is to manage your blood sugar naturally, without any medication, you may become angry. Angry that you have been living with this disease for so long. Angry that your medical specialists didn’t tell you there was another way.
If you’d like to learn how to take control of your health and say goodbye to diabetes for good, pick up your copy of Simple Blood Sugar. This guide was written by a doctor who has helped numerous patients lower their blood sugar and throw away their insulin.
In Simple Blood Sugar you will come to understand what really causes type 2 diabetes and simple but effective ways of reversing it. Imagine how different your life would be if you didn’t have to prick yourself every day? If you had peace of mind? If food no longer felt like an enemy?