I know Paleohackers have an open mind so I am going to ask this question:
Yes, I know pumpkin seed oil is not Paleo and it is full of Omega 6 and it is horrible and it is processed...
However, this is what you need to know: my doctor prescribed me pumpkin seed oil in capsules (3 caps per meal, three X perday).
I knew it was not Paleo and I doubted the whole treatment anyway, so I have been taking 3 caps only twice per day. Well, I have noticed that it makes a huge difference for me to the point that even my yellowish carotenemia is going away. So I went with my doctor's prescription - I am taking 3 caps three times per day and it does wonders for me personally.
I am really amazed at how much better I feel and it tastes great. No, this is not an infomercial, I do not sell it, I swear.
But here is my question: it is not Paleo and it is full of Omega 6, but it is amazing and it does wonders for me.
Maybe we are overlooking some medicinal properties of Neolithic foods? Have you ever thought about it?
asked byVB (15515)
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on May 09, 2013
at 12:46 AM
What are the health benefits for you?
on May 09, 2013
at 12:42 AM
I know pumpkin seed oil is not Paleo and it is full of Omega 6 and it is horrible and it is processed...
What now? Whole pumpkins (all squash) are inherently as paleo as tomatoes or sweet potatoes -- i.e. "New World" foods. The oil of pumpkins are often cold-pressed, but as these things go, there are certainly chemically purified brands / producers out there as well.
Also, being higher in Omega-6 doesn't immediately disqualify them either -- while the oil is often as high as 2/3 linolenic acid, I haven't been able to find a profile list that separates between the alpha (ALA) and gamma (GLA) types. The oil may have a decent Omega 3:6 ratio, depending on the type of pumpkin. However, I'm thinking it's likely high GLA. Still, not the worst thing in the world.
Personally, I cook with it as often as sesame seed oil -- pretty rarely, but I will add it to certain dishes for that particular flavor it is.
So ... I mean, don't go deep frying with the stuff, but I don't see the problems eating cold-pressed pumpkin seed oil sometimes, and definitely no problem using it supplementally, especially if it helps.