Pumpkin – Delicious and Healthy Treat for Your Tummy

Pumpkin

Today I’ve chosen to show you some of the best health benefits of pumpkin.

Pumpkin is a vegetable incredibly rich in antioxidants and vitamins.

They vary widely in shape, size and colors. Pumpkins have orange or yellow outer skin color, however they can vary from dark to pale green, brown, white, red and gray.

  1. They keep eyesight sharp.

    Just one cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin contains more than 20% of your daily intake of vitamin A. It keeps your eyes healthy – especially in dim light. Pumpkins are also rich in carotenoids, which gives them bright orange color.

  2. They aid weight loss.

    Pumpkins are a good source of fiber – remember that. With 3 grams of fiber per one cup and only 49 calories, it keeps you full and you don’t need to worry about those calories. It’s a great option for a dessert.

  3. Happy heart.

    Okay, so they also contains seeds. Nuts and seeds are rich in chemicals called phytosterols. As a result, these chemicals reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol.

  4. Cancer risk.

    Pumpkins, like their orange friends the sweet potato, the carrot and the butternut squash (there are many others), are rich in antioxidants (beta-carotene). Therefore, they play a significant role in cancer prevention.

  5. Skin health.

    Carotenoids in pumpkins are also responsible for keeping the skin wrinkle-free. They have free-radical-neutralizing power. Another good reason to scoop up some pumpkin today.

  6. Mood booster.

    Pumpkin seeds are rich in amino acid tryptophan. This amino acid is important in production of serotonin, one of the major compound when it comes to our mood. Just a handful of roasted pumpkin seeds may help you stay bright.

  7. After a workout.

    In one cup of cooked pumpkin you get refueling nutrient potassium in 564 milligrams. Finally a great way to restore the body’s balance of electrolytes after a hard workout.

There are many ways of preparing this great vegetable. You can steam it, bake it, grill it…So many ideas comes to mind.

They’re very healthy and you can always do something else with them. What are your ideas on cooking pumpkin?

Stay tuned.

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