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Abstract

NUTRITIONAL PROPERTIES OF PUMPKIN SEEDS: EMERGING SEED FOR A THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS

Nikita Joshi* and Komal Chauhan

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In recent time, seeds and nuts of plants got tremendous attention due to its various health benefits. Pumpkin seeds are thrown out by most of the industries, as agricultural waste. Pumpkin seeds are commonly known as “pepitas”. Pumpkin seeds are loaded with variety of nutrients and particularly they are rich in Proteins, Vitamins and Minerals. However, assuming that being traditional food, people are not aware about the nutritional benefits of that and still it is unexploited. The objective of this study is to evaluate the proximate composition, fatty acid profile, Antioxidant activity and Micronutrients (Vitamins and Minerals) of pumpkin seeds (Cucurbita Moschata). Proximate composition and mineral composition of pumpkin seeds was carried by using AOAC methods, Fatty acid profile by Gas Chromatography, Vitamins by HPLC methods and FRAP method was used for the assessment of antioxidant activity. As per the results obtained, pumpkin seeds are rich in protein, Selenium, Zinc and Unsaturated fatty acids therefore, pumpkin seeds can be used for a therapeutic management of Diabetes, Hyperlipidemia, Cancer prevention and enhancement of immunity. Therefore, modification of these waste agricultural product into valuable element will be a huge step towards food sustainability.

Keywords: Pumpkin, Pumpkin seeds, Composition, Therapeutic, Health benefits.


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