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Reasons to Eat More Pumpkins this Season

Posted Nov 02 2012 3:02pm

Reasons to Eat More Pumpkins this Season

Filed under: Super Foods
November 2, 2012
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Since pumpkins are at their most popular through the fall, they become more abundant in grocery stores, on porches, and even in the kitchen. However, the functionality of pumpkins goes far beyond seasonal decorations and a delicious taste. They are packed with nutritional value, amazing health benefits, and they are low in calories!! In fact, 1 cup of pumpkin has less than 50 calories in it so don’t be afraid to add it to your diet.

The orange color in pumpkins means they are high in beta-carotene. Pumpkins are also packed with Vitamin A, vitamin C, antioxidants, minerals, fiber, and more potassium than a banana! As a matter of fact, this super food helps your eye sight, boosts your immune system, keeps you feeling full, improves cholesterol, and can even aid in weight loss.

 

Improves eye sight
1 cup of cooked pumpkin has more than 200% of the daily recommendation for vitamin A, which helps improve vision. Pumpkins are rich in cartenoids that also convert into vitamin A in the body.

Aids in weight loss
Pumpkins are low in calories and is a good source of fiber so it will have you feeling full longer, in order to consume less calories.

May reduce the risk of cancer
the antioxidant beta-carotene found in pumpkins help with cancer prevention. Food sources seem to help more beneficial than supplements. The same cartenoids are linked to healthier skin as well.

Make a great post workout meal
The high level of potassium and protein found in pumpkins help refuel the body and restore the balance of electrolytes after a hard workout, to keep muscles functioning at their best.

Can boost your immune system
Pumpkins are a solid source of nutrients, such as vitamin C to help boost your immune system, improve the formation of collagen, and fight off free radicals.

Act like a natural anti depressant
Pumpkin seeds are rich in L-tryptophan, the same ingredient found in turkey that puts you in a peaceful slumber after a big thanksgiving dinner. This amino acid is important in the production of serotonin, the feel good hormone.

Pumpkin seeds help your heart
different nuts and seeds, including those of pumpkins, have certain plant based elements called phytosterols that help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol.

However, be warned! Not all pumpkins products are created equally. Many pumpkin breads, pies, and drinks taste great but are full of sugars and saturated fats. Try to steer clear of canned pumpkin with added ingredients, like salt or sugar.

 

 

Sources

http://www.motherearthliving.com/Natural-Health/5-health-benefits-of-pumpkins.aspx

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/05/pumpkin-health-benefits_n_1936919.html#slide=more254565

http://www.livestrong.com/article/478218-the-benefits-of-pumpkin/

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