Pumpkin is a fruit, and a really impressive one. Just one cup of mashed pumpkin will provide you with 2.5 times more vitamin A than the recommended daily amount. And there are many delicious meals you can make with it to enjoy all of its benefits. Someone even went as far as to make a pumpkin pie that weighed 1,678 kilos!
We at Bright Side will definitely carve a couple of jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween. And we’ll try out some new recipes because it looks like pumpkins are a really healthy veggie
1. It can reduce your risk of cancer.
2. It can help you lose weight.
Pumpkin contains vitamins A, C, and E, potassium, iron, and many other healthy nutrients. At the same time, most of it is water, and it has very few calories. So you can eat a lot of it and feel full without gaining fat. It’s also a great source of dietary fiber, which can help decrease your appetite.
3. It can boost your immunity.
Pumpkin is packed with vitamin A. Just 245 grams of it contains 245% of the recommended amount you need each day. It helps regulate your immune system and protect you from infectious diseases. Pumpkin is also high in vitamin C, which supports your immune system.
4. It can protect your eyesight.
Vitamin A ensures healthy eyesight because not getting enough of this vitamin can contribute to blindness. Studies have shown that it also helps lower the risk of cataracts. Moreover, pumpkin has lutein and zeaxanthin, which are nutrients that protect your eyes from macular degeneration in old age.
5. It can keep your heart healthy.
High blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease. Potassium in pumpkins can help lower your blood pressure. It may also reduce your risk of having a stroke. And the antioxidants in pumpkin prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidizing. Without these antioxidants, you increase your risk for heart disease and clots in your blood vessels. Pumpkin seeds may also improve your heart health and prevent cardiovascular diseases.
6. It can ensure that you have healthy skin.
Carotenoids protect your skin from sun damage. Vitamin C is essential for your body to produce collagen, a protein that can increase the skin’s elasticity. Certain other nutrients also protect your skin from UV light, which could cause wrinkles and make you look older.
Have you ever tried cooking something with pumpkin? What is your favorite recipe? Or do you prefer to use it as a Halloween decoration? We’d love to see your photos!