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One More Reason to Love Pumpkin

October 27th, 2016

Its pumpkin season and the super food is everywhere – in coffee, in baked goods and in decor. But did you know that this squash is also good for your teeth; particularly, pumpkin seeds?

The seed has long been valued as a good source of phosphorus, manganese, and copper. It also contains iron and protein so it is deserving of its place in our list of nutritional powerhouses. In addition to these necessary nutrients, pumpkin seeds contain zinc which keeps bones and teeth strong.

Magnesium works with calcium to create hard enamel that resists tooth decay.

Finally, pumpkin seeds contain vitamin A which promotes healing and keeps gums healthy.

Our favorite way to eat pumpkin seeds is roasted with a bit of salt. Simply preheat your oven to 300 degrees (F). Toss pumpkin seeds in a bowl with a bit of melted butter or oil and seasonings of your choice. Spread your seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Cool and enjoy!