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Eat It To Beat It: Pumpkin seeds

Posted at 3:06 PM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 22:16:03-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The Prostate Cancer Foundation tells us 30-percent of cancers are preventable through lifestyle changes, including nutrition. Each day on News5, we’ll profile a superfood you can incorporate into your diet. It’s called the “Eat It To Beat It” challenge.

Superfood pumpkins seeds are on today’s “Eat It To Beat It” challenge.

Pumpkin seeds are loaded with zinc.

One study found that pumpkin seed oil could block certain types of prostate growth. One theory is that dihydrotestosterone, a powerful metabolite of testosterone, builds up in the prostate and causes it to grow. The phytochemicals in pumpkin seeds may reduce the effects of dihydrotestosterone on the prostate. They may also block the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone.

Pumpkin seeds can be eaten raw or roasted. To roast them, toss them in olive oil or melted butter, plus salt, pepper, and any other seasonings you desire. Spread them on a baking sheet and cook them in the oven at 300°F (150°C) for 30–40 minutes, or until brown and crunchy

To sign up for the "eat it to beat it" challenge, click here.

Learn more about the challenge from the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Eat It To Beat It
The Prostate Cancer Foundation picked 30 foods for you to eat during the 30 days of September.