1. Too Much Zinc in Pepitas?

    Do pepitas have so much zinc in them that they might predispose to cancer as some recent studies have suggested?

    Pepitas are pumpkin seeds. They're eaten as a snack or added to salads for a little crunch. You can find them roasted, raw or salted, in the shell or hulled. Pumpkin seeds contain healthy fats as well as protein, fiber, potassium, iron and zinc.

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    Pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc, a mineral present in many foods. In the body, zinc helps maintain optimum immune function and wound healing. It is also a component of key enzymes that help preserve vision and protect against age-related vision loss, including macular degeneration. Zinc plays a role in carbohydrate and protein metabolism and may be beneficial as a supplement for people with severe diarrhea, sickle cell anemia, gastric ulcers, and acne. In addition, zinc is ...

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