The use of pumpkin seed oil in the kitchen
Pumpkin seed oil is intended for both internal and external use. In the kitchen we have to use it cold. For example in the form of an addition to a nutritious salad, cocktail or pasta. It's worth knowing that, because of its nutty taste, pumpkin seed oil is also great for preparing homemade desserts (e.g. ice cream with fruit). In addition, this product can be used for making home masks, hair oiling treatments and for a full body massage. Because of its numerous health properties, pumpkin seed oil is also used in medicine.
Pumpkin seed oil - dosage
Due to the unfavorable ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids, pumpkin seed oil should be used in limited amounts. In our daily kitchen we should consume a maximum of 1 teaspoon of this product. For therapeutic purposes, it is recommended that adults consume no more than 2-3 teaspoons of pumpkin seed oil per day, and children no more than 1 teaspoon per day. It is worth remembering that pumpkin seed oil is not a medicine, but only a substance that supports the healing process. Therefore, it cannot be used instead of drugs prescribed by a specialist. In addition, the use of this product for therapeutic purposes should always be discussed with an experienced physician and/or pharmacist.
Contraindications to the use of pumpkin seed oil
In most cases, the use of sufficient amounts of pumpkin seed oil has a positive effect on human health and well-being. However, some caution is advised when consuming it (due to the unfavorable ratio of unsaturated fatty acids). In addition, an absolute contraindication to the use of pumpkin seed oil is an allergy to this product. In addition, pregnant women and parents should be especially careful when using the product on the youngest children.
Why pumpkin seed oil?
This pumpkin seed oil is cold pressed, has a dark green brown color and a nutty aftertaste. It belongs to the group of easily digestible oils. This makes it perfect for vegetarians and vegans. The fats in the pumpkin seeds are classified as healthy vegetable fats. Usually they consist of unsaturated fatty acids, which are necessary for the proper functioning of the body. They are needed to build vitamin D, hormones and cell walls. The cold pressing process of pumpkin seeds protects against breakdown of unsaturated fatty acids, allowing the oil to retain all its nutritional properties.
Pumpkin seed oil is a source of:
- Linoleic and oleic acids
- Palmitic acid
- Vitamins B1, B2, B6
- Beta- carotene
- Potassium, selenium and zinc
What is pumpkin seed oil used for?
The pumpkin seed oil is used as a salad dressing. In addition, it can be mixed with lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. Perfect for flavoring soups, sauces and many other dishes. The pumpkin seed oil should not be used for frying and baking, because at high temperatures its property disappears.
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