What’s the first thing you think of when you think of pumpkins? Halloween? Spiced Lattes? Pie? All of the above? When it comes to pumpkins the options are legion. And while jack-o’-lanterns may be the symbol of Halloween, did you know that they are also a superfood with a number of health benefits? Lets take a look at some of them. (Fun Fact: pumpkins are a fruit, they contain seeds, but they are often called a vegetable because of their savoury taste.)
Fiber– Do you know that you probably don’t get enough fibre? You should consume between 20-35 grams of fibre each day, according to the Harvard School of Public Health, but many people don’t get more than 15 grams. Fibre helps you digest your food efficiently and prevents constipation. This in turn helps your body absorb the nutrients from your food. One cup of pumpkin purée provides you with 7 grams of dietary fibre.
Potassium– Pumpkin purée contains about 10 percent of your daily requirement for potassium as well. You need adequate amounts of potassium to support healthy digestion. Some pumpkin after a workout can help give you a boost, even a little extra potassium helps restore the body’s balance of electrolytes after a heavy workout and keeps muscles functioning at their best.
Vitamin A– Pumpkin’s orange color comes from its high level of beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for eye health and helps the retina absorb and process light. A single cup of pumpkin contains over 200 percent of most people’s recommended daily intake of vitamin A, making it one of the best options for eye health. Pumpkin also contains lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that help prevent cataracts and may even slow the development of macular degeneration.
Lower risk of cancer– While we’re on the subject of beta-carotene, it has another benefit of which you may not be aware: Fighting cancer. People who eat a beta-carotene-rich diet may have a lower risk of some types of cancer, including prostate and lung cancer.
Immune booster– Pumpkin is packed with nearly 20 percent of the recommended amount of daily vitamin C, which might help you recover from colds faster. Also, that vitamin A can help fight infections. A one cup serving of pumpkin puree supplies about 3 grams of iron, a mineral that helps keep you from getting sick by supporting a strong immune system. This is about 43 percent of the 8 milligrams men need each day, and about 20 percent of the 18 milligrams women need.
Mood boosting– Pumpkin seeds are high in the amino acid tryptophan, which you might associate with turkeys and falling asleep. The amino acid is important in production of serotonin, one of the major players when it comes to our mood.
Heart Health– Another benefits of pumpkin seeds? They are high in a plant-based chemical called phytosterols, which have been shown in studies to reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol.
That’s a lot of benefits from one tasty fruit! So this fall, be sure to roast some pumpkin seeds, and make some tasty recipes. Not only will you have a fun snack, you’ll be helping your health too!
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