Health Benefits of Pumpkin
With Halloween around the corner, pumpkins are showing up on every doorstep in the neighbourhood. Pumpkins go beyond spooky jack-o-lanterns though, they’re actually packed with a lot of nutrients and can provide many health benefits. By the time you’re done reading this article, I’m sure you’ll be a lot more interested in eating the next pumpkin you see!
Pumpkin comes from the squash family, but it is unique in that not only can you enjoy it in savoury dishes like soups and stews but also in sweeter treats like pies, cookies, and muffins. In order to make the most of the nutrition benefits, avoid the sweet treats, which have a lot of added sugar.
Here’s why you should include pumpkin in your fall recipes:
- Boosts Immunity
Pumpkin is a good source of vitamin A and C, both, which are known to help boost immunity. With cold and flu season just around the corner, it is a perfect time to eat immune-boosting foods like pumpkin.
- Helps Protect Eyesight
You know that classic saying that you should eat carrots for good eyesight? It’s actually true! It’s due to the high vitamin A content in carrots. Interestingly enough, pumpkins also have a high content of vitamin A, helping protect eye health.
- Helps Decrease Risk of Chronic Diseases
Pumpkin is packed with antioxidants, which over time can help decrease the risk of developing chronic diseases.
I’m sure I’ve convinced you to cook up a pumpkin-filled recipe ASAP but wait, don’t throw out the pumpkin seeds, they are quite nutritious too! Pumpkin seeds are a great source of Zinc, which helps boost immunity. Roast pumpkin seeds in some olive oil and sea salt for an immune-boosting snack this cold and flu season.