Fall's Favorite Super Food
Praise for Pumpkin
If you’re looking for fun, healthy ways to spruce up your diet this fall, try adding some pumpkin to your diet. Pumpkins aren’t just for decoration; they are packed with vitamins and other nutrients that can provide some serious health benefits. Below are some of the biggest benefits from adding pumpkin to your diet.
1. Promotes Eye Health
Pumpkin is packed with vitamin A and carotenoids including beta-carotene (this is what gives pumpkin its bright orange color). Vitamin A is essential for maintaining eye health and vision. Carotenoids found in pumpkins may help delay cataract formation and reduce the risk of macular degeneration.
2. Packed with fiber
Pumpkin is a great source of fiber. High fiber foods support better digestive health and may even help you lose weight. Fiber-rich diets often cause you to feel full longer, which can help you eat less and lose weight as a result.
3. Helps your heart
As with many other types of nuts and seeds, pumpkin seeds are rich in phytosterols (plant-based compounds) that can help to reduce your LDL or “bad” cholesterol.
4. Reduces your risk for cancer
Beta-carotene may also play a role in cancer prevention and is known to fight inflammation, reduce cholesterol buildup and lowering your changes of stroke.
5. Protects the skin
Free-radical- fighting carotenoids not only help with cancer prevention, they also help your skin stay wrinkle-free.
6. Boosts your mood
Pumpkin seeds contain the amino acid tryptophan, which plays a vital role in the production of serotonin and has a huge impact on our mood.
7. Aids in post-workout recovery
Step aside bananas! Did you know that pumpkin and bananas contain similar amounts of potassium? Pumpkin is another great option to add potassium to your diet or to refuel after a strenuous workout. Potassium is also associated with a reduced risk of hypertension.
8. Strengthens the immune system
Pumpkin contains riboflavin (vitamin B2) which helps your body fight off bacterial infections and can keep you feeling your best this fall.
If you are looking for a new snack or festive fall dish, try some pumpkin today! For other nutrition tips or questions, try our 30-minute e-visits with a registered dietitian and get your questions answered quickly and conveniently.