5 Pumpkin Perks

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Pumpkins make a strong comeback when it comes to Fall. This autumn squash is very healthy. Just be mindful pumpkin can quickly become a sugary, calorie rich dessert.

  1. Pumpkin contains well over your daily requirement of vitamin A (700% DV in 1 cup). Vitamin A is involved with immune function, vision, reproduction, and cellular communication. Source.
  2. It’s full of fiber, pumpkin puree contains 7 grams of fiber in 1 cup.
  3. Pumpkin contains high levels of vitamin C which can help your immune system. It also contains more potassium than a banana.
  4. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc.
  5. Pureed pumpkins contain lutein and zeaxanthin which can help your vision health. Pumpkin is also a good source of beta carotine which can help lower chances of cardiovascular disease.

Enjoy pumpkins in breads, pies, and mix a bit with cinnamon and a bit of sugar in oatmeal, or add it to a smoothie.

Sources:
http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminA-HealthProfessional/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/469900-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-eating-pumpkin-puree/
http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/the-nutrition-of-pumpkin-squash.html
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=82

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