Everything is Pumpkin Flavored! But is it Healthier?
While the summer temperatures continue to hang on in many parts of the United States, it’s clear that fall is in the air.
If the weather doesn’t give it away, the fact that every single item in your local grocery store now comes in pumpkin flavor certainly does.
Before you’re tempted to grab six boxes of pumpkin Pop-Tarts, take a moment to ask yourself whether the addition of pumpkin can really turn a food that’s devoid of any nutritional value into something you want your kids to eat.
What’s So Good About #Pumpkin?
Pumpkin, which you may be surprised to find out is a fruit, is actually a very nutritious food.
Here are some of the big benefits of eating pumpkin.
#Antioxidants: Pumpkin is high in antioxidants, which means it’s good for your whole body, including joint and organ health (especially your eyes) and stress relief.
One antioxidant in particular, beta-carotene, is highly prevalent in pumpkin. This powerful anti-oxidant may reduce cancer risks, protect against asthma and heart disease, and have anti-aging qualities.
#Fiber: The fiber in pumpkin helps rid the body of toxins, aids in digestion, and can help reduce the risk of colon cancer. It also and supports a healthy heart.
Because most Americans don’t get enough fiber, and pumpkin is a great source of fiber, adding it into your fall diet makes good sense.
#Protein and #FattyAcids: The seeds of the pumpkin are high in protein and fatty acids, which helps keep cholesterol in check, promotes healthy skin and optimal brain function, and protects against arthritis. The fatty acids also aid in the absorption of glucose, which may help control diabetes.
#Magnesium: Also found in the seeds and pulp of the pumpkin, magnesium helps maintain bone and tooth health.
#VitaminC: Strengthens the immune system and helps maintain healthy skin.
#Carotids: Not only do these give the pumpkin their orange color, they help protect your body against cardiovascular disease and premature aging.
#Potassium: Also helps to prevent cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure, as well as reducing the risk of stroke, and protecting muscle.