Pumpkins: More Nutritious Than You May ThinkSeptember 12, 2017
There is more to pumpkins than the delicious pie filling on the Thanksgiving table, or the pumpkin spice latte at your favorite coffee shop. In fact, nutrient-dense pumpkins are one of the healthiest foods of the season. Here are a few surprising health benefits of pumpkins.
Magnesium: Key for bone health
The seeds in pumpkins are a good source of magnesium, which is key for bone health. Additionally, pumpkin seeds contain phytosterol, which has been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol, and can enhance the immune response and decrease your risk of certain cancers. To prepare pumpkin seeds:
- Remove the seeds from the pumpkin
- Boil the seeds in salted water for 10 minutes
- Transfer to a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 5-20 minutes or until brown
Get your fiber fix
Fiber is an important part of a healthy, balanced diet, and pumpkins pack a fiber punch. Fiber can help to regulate bowel movements and lower cholesterol. It also aids in slowing digestion, and because high fiber foods tend to be more filling, can help in weight loss.
Youthful looking skin
Pumpkins are full of vitamin A, which is essential for good vision, a healthy immune system, and may even help you look younger. Vitamin A is thought to help start your skin's cell renewal process and the production of collagen which creates smooth skin.
Next time you think pumpkins are only for carving, pie and lattes, think again!