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The Amazing Health Benefits of Pumpkins

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on Monday, 02 October 2017 in Health & Nutrition

PumpkinWhen you think of October, you think of pumpkins! Anything from pumpkin spiced lattes to pumpkin pie to the great pumpkin, but did you know that there are many nutritional benefits to eating this vibrant colored vegetable? Here are just a few amazing benefits to keep in mind during your next trip to the produce aisle.

 

Improves Your Skin

This member of the squash family contains beta-carotene which is part of the reason why pumpkins have such a vibrant orange color. The body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, which we need to maintain healthy skin, immune system support, and good eye health and vision.

 

Weight loss

Pumpkin is rich in fiber which helps normalize your bowel movements, lowers cholesterol levels and helps control blood sugar levels. Eating pumpkin will keep you feeling fuller and hydrated since it contains almost 90 % of water.

 

It’s an Antioxidant

Pumpkin seeds contain antioxidants which can reduce inflammation and protect your cells from harmful free radicals. Free radicals are associated with many diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, just to name a few.

 

Their Seeds Make a Great Snack

Pumpkin seeds are not only naturally tasty and, but once baked they make a great snack on the go and provides you with a great source of minerals. Follow this recipe to make a batch of roasted pumpkin seeds.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

When you think of October, you think of pumpkins! Anything from pumpkin spiced lattes to pumpkin pie to the great pumpkin, but did you know that there are many nutritional benefits to eating this vibrant colored vegetable? Here are just a few amazing benefits to keep in mind during your next trip to the produce aisle.

 

Improves Your Skin

This member of the squash family contains beta-carotene which is part of the reason why pumpkins have such a vibrant orange color. The body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, which we need to maintain healthy skin, immune system support, and good eye health and vision.

 

Weight loss

Pumpkin is rich in fiber which helps normalize your bowel movements, lowers cholesterol levels and helps control blood sugar levels. Eating pumpkin will keep you feeling fuller and hydrated since it contains almost 90 % of water.

 

It’s an Antioxidant

Pumpkin seeds contain antioxidants which can reduce inflammation and protect your cells from harmful free radicals. Free radicals are associated with many diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s, just to name a few.

 

Their Seeds Make a Great Snack

Pumpkin seeds are not only naturally tasty, but once baked they make a great snack on-the-go and provides you with a great source of minerals. Follow this recipe to make a batch of roasted pumpkin seeds.

 

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients

1 ½ cups raw, rinsed whole pumpkin seeds

2 teaspoons, butter, melted

1 pinch of salt or garlic pepper seasoning

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a bowl, combine seeds, butter, and salt/seasoning and toss until seeds are well coated. Spread seeds out on a baking sheet and bake for 45 mins until golden brown. Let cool, then enjoy.

 

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog are strictly those of the author and should not be construed as the opinions of Whitsons Culinary Group or any of its affiliates.  All content and material contained in this blog is provided for informational purposes only, and no representation is made as to the accuracy or completeness of this information.  It is general information that may not apply to you as an individual.  It is not medical advice and should not be treated as such.  You should not rely on the information in this blog as a substitute for your own doctor’s medical care or advice. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

 

 

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