Are Pumpkin Seeds Good or Bad For Diabetes
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Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com, researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, are pumpkin seeds good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you download my free diabetes management book which also includes a diabetes grocery shopping guide (foods to eat and avoid) and other tips to better manage your blood sugar to avoid complications.
I think this is a great question. I have noticed over the past several years different products on shelves and pumpkin seeds is one of them. I think it is ironic that many people when carving a pumpkin whether for a pie, a jack o lantern or both, simply throw the seeds away. In reality, quite possibly the most nutritious part of the entire pumpkin is the seeds.
A pumpkin is a fruit and a member of the squash family.
Its seeds are rather tasty. In the world of Spanish culinary, pumpkin seeds are called pepita. They are used in many salads and rice dishes.
Nutritionally pumpkin seeds are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids that helps lower bad LDL cholesterol and increases good HDL cholesterol in the blood. The seeds are loaded with protein, contain some important amino acids, have plenty of Vitamin E as well as an excellent source of the B complex vitamins.
A 2014 study at Queen’s Medical Center made the following conclusion after a long study, “Preliminary investigation showed that pumpkin seeds, and the macromolecules, therein, such as TRG, Nicotinic acid, and DCI, possess hypoglycemic properties and could assist in maintaining glycemic control.”
This study backed up a 2007 project at UMASS which came to the same conclusion concerning pumpkin seed and maintaining glycemic control.
A 2010 study combined pumpkin seed with flax seed and found that the mixture had a significant positive effect on nephrology in diabetic rats. Kidneys are important to those of us with diabetes.
My favorite numbers as far as pumpkin seeds are concerned?
ZERO! That is the glycemic index and load for pumpkin seeds.
So are pumpkin seeds good for diabetes? They make a tremendous snack during the day. Everything in moderation, don’t eat a whole pumpkin’s seeds, but a couple of handfuls each day would be a good thing for your diabetes.
I hope this answered your question are pumpkin seeds good or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes management book.
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