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The article needs help[edit]

As it existed in 2009 July, the article needed a lot of help. I have done a little housecleaning, but more is needed. A perusal of the references (actually looking them up) shows that many (Pepita Preparation, World's Healthiest Foods, and The Benefits of Pumpkins Seeds) seem to be little more than advertising copy, hence the suggestion that they may be unreliable. The Alternative Medicine reference (I added a bit more information to the citation) claimed "small studies have shown" without actually citing any of the alleged studies.

"New Study Demonstrates..." likewise claims that there is a study, but does not name it. This reference copies a claim from its unnamed source that one gram of pepita protein contains more L-tryptophan than a full glass of milk (and so did the reference article before I changed it). Because "a full glass" is a rather non-standard unit, I looked up the tryptophan content of one cup of milk on the USDA website, as well as the tryptophan and other amino acid contents of pumpkin seeds. The results dramatically contradict the assertions of "New Study Demonstrates..." unless "a full glass" is a volumetric unit much smaller than a cup.

Some interpolated claims were just plain wrong. The statement
The oil is also of research interest in the treatment of clinical depression and other disorders responsive to tryptophan at larger doses than can be practicably provided by whole seeds.
which had been tagged as needing a reference, has been removed. Tryptophan (combined in protein) is concentrated in the meal left behind from oil extraction, and not in the oil.

Many of the statements currently tagged as needing a reference should probably be removed, as well as all backed up by the unreliable references, but I feel I have done enough for now.... Jay L09 (talk) 15:31, 22 July 2009 (UTC)

A good start! — SMcCandlish Talk⇒ ʕ(Õلō Contribs. 13:29, 6 January 2010 (UTC)

Here is one reference supporting the folk medicine statements: [1] Gerald H -oldeststudent2004- (talk) 17:11, 27 February 2014 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: no consensus. —Ed (talkmajestic titan) 04:35, 11 January 2010 (UTC)



PepitaPumpkin seeds — I suggest moving this article to pumpkin seeds. The name pepita is never found in British English whereas pumpkin seed is easily understood by speakers of all types of English. Calling it pepita because that is the Mexican Spanish name isn't really a good enough reason as pumpkin seeds are used in other cuisines too and the name can result in a confusion with sunflower seeds, which are universally known as pepitas in Spain. Alboran (talk) 17:58, 4 January 2010 (UTC)

  • Oppose: Pumpkin seed already redirects here and you are free to use that at will. This, however, is not an article about pumpkin seeds, but about squash seeds, including pumpkin seeds among others, used as a food. The only name we have for this is pepitas (that is, "squash seeds" is not a generally used term in English for the topic of this article) and the fact that it's a loanword from Spanish is of no concern. Most of our language is made up of loanwords. PS: even if it was renamed, it would be to pumpkin seed not pumpkin seeds, per naming conventions. — SMcCandlish Talk⇒ ʕ(Õلō Contribs. 13:23, 6 January 2010 (UTC)
    SMcCandlish has a good point, except that apart from the page name and passing mention of squash seeds in the lede, the article actually is about pumpkin seeds. I have contributed to the article and have thought it would work better as Pumpkin seed, with a paragraph explaining that some large-seeded squashes other than pumpkins may be used. (Pumpkin seeds seem to be preferred.) --Una Smith (talk) 02:53, 8 January 2010 (UTC)
  • Una Smith has a good point, except that the discussion of Cucurbita maxima lipids actually concerns the seeds of squash, not of pumpkins. (Or does it? The distinction between squash and pumpkin depends upon who is using the words -- a subject which could be the basis of a much larger article, except for the concern about "no original research.") According to Stevenson & al., the "pumpkin cultivars" studied included "four buttercups (Cha Cha, Delica, Kurijiman, and Sweet Mama)," and "one Hubbard-type (Warren Scarlet, also known as Red Warren)." Buttercups are almost universally described as "buttercup squash," not as pumpkins; Hubbards are almost universally described as "Hubbard squash", not as pumpkins. (Both buttercups and Hubbards are described as "squash" in the Wikipedia C. maxima article, for example.) Fans of giant pumpkins frequently distinguish between true pumpkins (C. pepo), and those which are actually squashes (C. maxima).Jay L09 (talk) 18:04, 8 January 2010 (UTC)
  • Oppose: The English term "pumpkin seeds" is sometimes used to describe sorts of pepitas which are not actually seeds of pumpkins, and is therefore an example of misleading jargon (rather like the American political term "health care" which does not mean medical care but rather medical insurance). Using a potentially unfamiliar loanword, defined in the lede, seems a more sure way to avoid misleading the reader.Jay L09 (talk) 18:04, 8 January 2010 (UTC)
  • We could resolve this by moving most of the content to Pumpkin seed (limited to seeds of C. pepo), and either making Pepita a disambiguation page or expanding it into an article about seeds of calabazas more broadly. --Una Smith (talk) 02:03, 11 January 2010 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

Expand or contract?[edit]

In references to the above move discussion: I'd be happiest with keeping the article expansive. While I'm a fan of WP:SUMMARY when article length makes it necessary, I lean towards merge-ism. It's better to have an informative general article, than a multiple fragmentary ones. — SMcCandlish Talk⇒ ʕ(Õلō Contribs. 02:11, 13 January 2010 (UTC)

Before any move to "pumpkin seeds" please consider that "pepita" refers to any squash seed, so the terms overlap but are not synonymous. A disambiguation page may be in order. Since food terminology is fraught with regional variants and trendy changes, this issue must be unfortunately common. Gerald H -oldeststudent2004- (talk) 17:31, 27 February 2014 (UTC)

L Tryptophan[edit]

I've edited this phrase According to the USDA, one hundred gram of pepita contain 0.569 g Tryptophan and one gram of pepita protein contains 15.3 mg of L-tryptophan, whereas one cup of milk contains 183 mg. The source at the USDA did not readily yield the originally quoted value. The sentence still has a problem, that I can't resolve. The comparisson to milk isn't apparent to ordinary users from the values and quanities given. I also don't know where they found the "pepita protein" if it's from the USDA site. There seem to be many varieties of pumpkin seed sold as pumpkin seeds or pepitas in the US. It would be nice if someone could add a definition as to what consumers are looking at. 99.11.160.111 (talk) 05:12, 10 September 2010 (UTC)

I sympathize with 99.11.160.111 (talk). Perhaps the entire "Nutraceutical uses" section should be removed: much of what passes for "information" about nutraceuticals is pseudoscience at best, and more often either advertising copy or mere flights of fancy (notice the number of "citation needed" tags vs. the number of citations). The strange sentence to which 99.11.160.111 objected was originally lifted from the reference (an advertisement for a mental health clinic) and stated that a gram of pepita protein contains more L-tryptophan than a cup of milk. I put the sentence into its strange form, using the data (as I recall) for dried, not roasted pepita, to deny the original miserably false claim with reliable information. (The number for pepita protein, as I recall, came from the simple exercise of dividing the published tryptophan content by the sum of the amino acid contents—a "change of units" operation which did not involve any original research. Re-doing the calculation on dried pepita, I get 17.2 mg/g.)  — Jay L09 (talk) 17:43, 10 September 2010 (UTC)
It is true that, as with most food commodities, there are many varieties of "pumpkin seeds" or "pepitas" for sale (not to mention what a home gardener might decide to grow). What must be understood is that there is some uncertainty in any claimed or published values for nutritional content. The USDA (like many other sources) does not usually address uncertainty. It is not clear to me how to handle this problem, but see the fatty acid analysis in the article.  — Jay L09 (talk) 17:43, 10 September 2010 (UTC)

Nutrition[edit]

I have removed two sentences from the Nutrition section:

The information (some of it contested as not properly cited) is repeated in the cited table below. The sentence is therefore superfluous, as is the concern about citation. — Jay L09 (talk) 15:04, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Lightly roasted seeds provide better nutrition than dark ones, as excessive heat destroys some of their nutritive value.[3]
The information in this sentence is both vague and not backed up by the citation, to which objections have been raised. — Jay L09 (talk) 15:04, 16 November 2010 (UTC)

Claims of American Culture[edit]

There are several comments made in this article that are unsupported and definitely do not reflect American culture.

"Marinated and roasted, they are an autumn seasonal favorite in the rural United States," Being an American that has traveled around the U.S., I know that pumpkin seeds are a seasonal favorite everywhere. Maybe this comment means that people typically buy pumpkins on rural farms, but that does not restrict the seasonal favoritism to rural areas. Also, to me, the use of the word rural insinuates that pumpkin seeds are a favorite of the low class or uneducated, which, due to the immersion of culture of all social classes, this distinction does not exist in the United States.

"...typically salted and sometimes spiced after roasting (and today also available as a packaged product), in Mexico and other Latin American countries, in the American Southwest..." This statement about the American Southwest is also unsubstantiated. Although I have never lived in the Southwest, I have lived in the North/Midwest and the South, and this practice is just as popular there as the article claims in the Southwest. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bobjoesmithers (talkcontribs) 13:54, 10 June 2011 (UTC)

Pumpkin seeds and cholesterol[edit]

Are pumpkin seeds OK to eat for people with high cholesterol? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.70.197.229 (talk) 05:01, 8 January 2012 (UTC)

Chew for digestion?[edit]

Are shelled pumpkin seeds swallowed whole completely digested, or is it necessary to chew them first to get full nutritional benefit?-71.174.175.150 (talk) 20:43, 6 November 2014 (UTC)


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