We LOVE these powerful green seeds so much we put Organic Pepitas in everything we make!
TINY BUT MIGHTY: Often referred to as a nutritional powerhouse, pepitas, contain a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium (37% RDI*) and manganese (42% RDI*) to copper (19% RDI), protein and zinc (14% RDI* ) . They also contain plant compounds known as phytosterols and free-radical scavenging antioxidants, and are loaded with essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6. And if that wasn’t enough they can also help you have good vibes and maybe even catch a few more winks. *based on a 1 ounce serving, RDI = Recommended Daily Intake
GOOD VIBES: Pepitas are dietary source of tryptophan (yes like turkey) which the body uses to make a chemical called 5-hydroxytryptophan aka 5-HTP. Once converted to 5-HTP, it is converted to another chemical called Serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps relay signals between brain cells. Since serotonin helps regulate mood and behavior, research has shown 5-HTP may have a positive effect on sleep, mood, anxiety, appetite, and pain sensation.
PEPITAS BY THE NUMBERS: There are approximately 150 calories in an ounce (28 grams) of pepitas, mainly from fat and protein.
In addition, a 1-oz (28-gram) serving contains
Fiber: 1.7 grams.
Carbs: 5 grams.
Protein: 7 grams.
Fat: 13 grams
Vitamin K: 18% of the RDI.
Phosphorous: 33% of the RDI.
Manganese: 42% of the RDI.
Magnesium: 37% of the RDI.
Iron: 23% of the RDI.
Zinc: 14% of the RDI.
Copper: 19% of the RDI.
They also contain lots of antioxidants and a considerable amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids, potassium, vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and folate.
ONE MORE THING: Did you know Pepitas come from a specific type of pumpkins known as “oilseed“ or Styrian pumpkins? While part of the same squash family “oilseed” pumpkins are a distinct variety from the cultivar most commonly used for carving jack-o-lanterns, with the most notable difference being there hull-less (naked) green seed.