Pumpkins are the most famous of all the winter squashes. Pumpkin rolls, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin pie, pumpkin risotto, pumpkin beer — the options are endless and mouth-watering. Pumpkin also packs some powerful healthy punches, like keeping heart health, vision and waistlines in check, as long as you take it easy on the pie, that is. They are a particularly good source of fibre, as well as a range of vitamins and minerals. Below are some health benefits of pumpkin that we discovered online as well as Donna Hay’s recipe for Pumpkin Pie.
- A cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which aids vision, particularly in dim light, according to the National Institutes of Health.
- Pumpkins are also rich in carotenoids, the compounds the compounds that give the gourd their bright orange colour, including beta-carotene, which the body converts into a form of vitamin A for additional eye protection.
- Pumpkin is an often-overlooked source of fiber, but with three grams per one-cup serving and only 49 calories, it can keep you feeling full for longer on fewer calories.
- Pumpkin Seeds Can Help Your Heart. Nuts and seeds, including those of pumpkins, are naturally rich in phytosterols that have been shown in studies to reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol. Pumpkin seeds are also rich in the amino acid tryptophan, which is important in production of serotonin, one of the major players when it comes to our mood. A handful of roasted pumpkin seeds may help your outlook stay bright.
- Ever heard of bananas being touted as nature’s energy bar? Turns out, a cup of cooked pumpkin has more of the refuelling nutrient potassium, with 564 milligrams to a banana’s 422, which your body needs after a workout.
- Pumpkins are a solid source of the essential nutrient Vitamin C. One cup of cooked pumpkin contains more than 11 milligrams, or nearly 20 percent of the 60 milligrams the “doc” recommends women need daily.
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