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Pepita Butter

Posted by Naturally Nutty on 6/15/2014

What seed butter is as healthy as it is delicious? Pepita butter

If you don’t know right off what pepitas are, don’t worry. You probably know them more commonly as pumpkin seeds.

What most Americans don’t know when they roast the seeds from the good old Halloween pumpkin each year is that those delicious seed are a powerhouse snack.

Only now are the advantages of pepitas becoming more widely known in the United States; but generations of Latin Americans - dating back at least to the Aztecs, if not before - have eaten them for their delicious taste and wealth of health benefits.

Here’s what we now know about the nutritional impact of pepitas and pepita butter:

· Just a small serving of about one-quarter of a cup will give you close to 50 percent of the recommended daily amount of magnesium, essential to bone and heart health as well as bowel function.

· Magnesium is good for your heart and blood pressure, thereby suppressing the risk of heart attack or stroke.

· They offer a rich supply of easily-digested zinc, which the body needs for immunity, insulin regulation, eye and skin health, and improvement of the quality of one’s mood.

· Men should take note that the high zinc content is an important ally for prostate health. On the other hand, many women report that adding them to their diet helps manage menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, headaches, and joint discomfort.

· They are an excellent source of plant-based Omega-3 fats.

· Because they contain tryptophan, an amino acid that is converted into a sleep hormone, they could be the best bedtime snack ever for a restful night’s sleep.

If you would like to add the benefits of pepitas to your diet, we invite you try one of our incomparable butters, found in the category of artisanal seed butters. We are proud to source the finest nuts, seeds, and healthy ingredients for our nut butters, free of GMOs and pesticides.

Why not choose a seed butter that is as healthy as it is flavorful? Enjoy the best pepita butters we have to offer handcrafted by Naturally Nutty. Their light, nutty taste is a hit with all ages.