Pumpkins are one of the world’s most underestimated foods, unfortunately. Most people carve it on Halloween or eat it in soups and pies, but that’s about it. But pumpkin has a whole lot more potential. Today we thought of bringing you some hard facts about pumpkin and share some amazing health benefits of pumpkin. You’ll be surprised to learn that pumpkin really is a rock star among vegetables and we should all include it in our diet. Not to mention that pumpkin in one of those foods that increase dopamine. Read on, take notes and make sure you add pumpkin to your shopping list.
Alright, so it’s not a health benefit, but we had to throw this in here! If you’re in the dark about cooking with pumpkin, we suggest you get Google to help you find recipes for some of the following delicious recipes: banana pumpkin smoothie, pumpkin oat muffins, spicy pumpkin soup and cinnamon pumpkin bread.
Did you know that the pumpkin is not a vegetable, but a fruit? Actually it is a berry! We’ve been told again and again (and for good reason!) that eating fruits and vegetables will help decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and it will give you enough energy to help you get through the day. Pumpkin is not only delicious, but healthy!
Pumpkin is orange which means one thing: that’s it’s chock-full of beta-carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant that is found in nearly all orange-colored fruits and vegetables. This antioxidant is converted into vitamin A. Eating foods rich in beta-carotene will reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and will protect you against heart disease and delay aging. Pretty awesome, right?
We would go as far as to say that pumpkin is a magic food! Because it’s extremely nutrient dense (full of vitamins and minerals), yet it is very low on calories. This amazing combination is everything you would want from any fruit or vegetable. One cup of cooked pumpkin contains 50 calories, 2.7 grams of fiber and no cholesterol.
The ease with which you can incorporate pumpkin in your diet really does make a difference, especially for busy moms or on-the-go corporate suits. The best way to consume pumpkin is fresh, but canned is also an OK choice. If you have the time, make your own pumpkin puree and can it. Pumpkin can be used to make both sweet and salty foods and that it’s why it is so great!
One of the most amazing health benefits of pumpkin is that it is a wonderful immunity booster. It’s because the fruit is very high in both vitamin C and beta-carotene. One cup of cooked pumpkin will provide you with well over 100% of your daily need for vitamin A and 20% of your vitamin C. Wow!
Again with the vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene! All of these will help your eyes stay healthy and prevent degenerative damage. We’ve known since we were kids that carrots will give you good eye sight, but nobody told us that pumpkins are just as amazing as carrots. And a bit more delicious!
Pumpkin does a heart good. The potassium in it and the vitamin C will support heart health and help level off blood pressure. Did you know that potassium is as important for heart health as decreasing sodium is? Have a pumpkin and banana smoothie and help your heart stay strong and healthy.
More iron in a woman’s diet will promote fertility, according to a study conducted by the Harvard Medical School. Pumpkin has plenty of iron, as do tomatoes, beets and spinach. The vitamin A in pumpkin is vital during pregnancy. If you’re trying to get pregnant, make sure you eat pumpkin at least weekly.
Results of cancer studies have revealed that a diet rich in beta-carotene will help people with prostate cancer. This antioxidant has also been proved to have an inverse association with the development of colon cancer. With all of these wonderful benefits, isn’t it a wonder that we’re not all consuming more pumpkin?
What are your thoughts on these health benefits of pumpkin? What is your favorite pumpkin recipe? Care to share it with us? Drop us a line in the comment section below, we’re always looking for new ways of incorporating pumpkin into our diet!