Health Benefits of Pumpkins

jackolanternscaledHalloween is the time of year when we think about pumpkins.  But it’s always the time of year to think about eating right.  In that regard, pumpkins are frightfully good for us, not in a jack-o-lantern but in our diet.

Pumpkins are very beneficial for heart ailments and also help in reducing cholesterol.  Cooking pumpkins for heart patients is a great addition to their diet.

What’s in a pumpkin?  Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B5, and EFA’s, potassium, zinc, iron, and magnesium.  Pumpkins are low in calories, have no saturated fats, and no cholesterol.  Pumpkins are rich in anti-oxidants, reduce inflammation, and can help in disease prevention.

Pumpkins have some impressive health benefits when we include them in our diet whether in pumpkin pie or some other tasty dish or drink.

Some benefits of pumpkins are:  1) aid with weight loss.  2) energy booster.  3) eye health.  4) heart health.  5) high in fiber.  6) immune system booster.  7) mood enhancer.  8) rich in vitamins and minerals.  9) skin health.  10) may reduce cancer risk.  11) can help after a hard workout.

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If you’re looking for some delicious recipes that make use of the healthy pumpkin, you’ll find some great ones online at Food Network including Pumpkin Spice Latte and the Latte-Inspired Pumpkin Spice Buns shown in this picture.

Happy trick or treating and happy eating!

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