Peter, Peter, the pumpkin eater! At least Peter got something right: the all mighty bright orange Pumpkin is loaded with healthy nutrients that does more than a body good. The color of the pumpkin is a dead giveaway that the pumpkin is loaded with important nutrients such as antioxidants, beta carotene, magnesium, potassium, zinc, selenium, vitamin C, niacin, folate, iron, and vitamin E! Not only that, but the pumpkin only contains 50 calories, 12 grams of carbohydrates and 3 grams of fiber for 1 cup cooked.
Current research shows that diets high in antioxidants and beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and protect against heart disease. It has also been shown to help with bone health, slow aging process, prevent cataract formation, and due to the fiber content, help with weight loss and hypertension. Because of the zinc content, the pumpkin can also help build the immune function.
There is a lot more to the funny looking gord that sits on your front stoop during halloween. This year when you carve your scary pumpkin, find a fun recipe, like our Harvest Apple Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe or our super yummy Almond Butter Pumpkin Blondie recipe and enjoy the health benefits!