Pumpkins - Not so spooky after all

This week, thousands of us will be rushing to the supermarkets to buy the best pumpkin to carve a scary, (or not so scary, depending on your artistic skills) face into this underrated squash.

This so called carving massacre is brought on by Halloween. However, what most people won’t realise is that the pumpkin offers a lot more than just hours of endless mess and fun!

Highly nutritious and a great source of protein, pumpkin powder could be the new kid on the block for alternative protein powders. Pumpkin seed powder, or pumpkin protein, can provide a minimum of 60% protein in 100g and provides a high amino acid profile. It contains all the essential amino acids and some non-essential amino acids. One important EAA is L-Tryptophan. This is essential because your body converts L-Tryptophan into Serotonin to produce the hormone melatonin, which is essential for a good night sleep. This could come in handy with all the looming festivities.

The most arguably nutritional benefit of pumpkin seeds are the high levels of magnesium it contains. Magnesium is vital for heart health, protection against Cardiovascular diseases, bone maintenance and helping to maintain healthy blood pressure. Studies have suggested that diets containing a high consumption of magnesium can reduce the risk of developing these diseases and reduce the rate of osteoporosis.

Pumpkin seed powder is also rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C and Beta Carotene, which protect against damage from free radical to cells. In turn, minimizing risk of developing cancer, such as breast, stomach, prostate and colon. Beta- Carotene is converted into vitamin A by the liver which helps to maintain healthy vision, normal functioning of cellular differentiation and contributes to a normal reproductive system in males and females.

Not only does pumpkin have a great nutritional profile, but it also has a fantastic texture and taste. Nutraceuticals offers toasted pumpkin seed protein, which can add a lively nutty flavour to any product.

At Nutraceuticals, we offer a variety of pumpkin seeds, pumpkin proteins and powders to suit any product innovation. All grades are suitable for Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal and Kosher diets.

Start a conversation with us today to find out more about our pumpkin ingredients and how they can be used in your products.   

 

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Pumpkin Seed Protein 50% (Cucurbita pepo) Vegan

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Pumpkin Seed Protein 60% (Cucurbita pepo) Vegan

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Pumpkin Seed Protein 60% (Cucurbita pepo) Vegan (Sprouted)

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Pumpkin Seed Protein 60% (Cucurbita pepo) Vegan Organic Certified

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Toasted Pumpkin Seed Protein 60% (Cucurbita pepo) Vegan

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Pumpkin Powder (Curcubita moschata)

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Pumpkin Seed Extract 10:1 (Curcubita moschata)

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Pumpkin Seed Extract 20:1 (Curcubita moschata)

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Pumpkin Seed Extract 4:1 (Curcubita moschata)

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Pumpkin Seed Extract 5:1 (Curcubita moschata)

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Pumpkin Seed Powder (Curcubita moschata)

 


Beccy Lepore 30 Oct 2018