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How healthy are Pumpkins..?12 Nutritional Facts and Benefits of Pumpkins.

As it turns out, pumpkin is very nutritious and low in calories. Plus, it's more versatile than you may know. It can be cooked into savory dishes, as well as sweet ones.


Pumpkin is a type of winter squash that's in the same plant family as cucumbers and melons. And It is technically a fruit since it contains seeds. But in terms of nutrition, it's more like a vegetable.

THE DIFFEENT VARIETIES OF PUMPKIN

There are many different varieties of pumpkins, a few are:

  • 1. Jack-o'-lantern: Usually a large variety that's used for carving.
  • 2. Pie pumpkins: A smaller, sweeter variety. (For pies, and soups). 
  • 3. Miniature: These are both decorative and edible.
  • 4. White: Some can be cooked with, while others are better for decoration or carving. (for the spooky stuff).
  • Giant: Mostly grown for contests. Technically edible, but less flavorful than smaller varieties.

QUICK FACTS ABOUT PUMPKIN.
    first off:
1. Avoid canned pumpkin pie mix, as it typically contains added sugars and syrups.

The good stuff:
2. The potassium contained within pumpkins can have a positive effect on blood pressure.

3. Uncut pumpkins could be stored in a cool, dark place for up to 2 months.

4. Pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin can be used as a replacement for butter or oil in baking recipes.

5. The antioxidants in pumpkin could help prevent degenerative damage to the eyes.

6. It is one of the best-known sources of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant. Consuming foods rich in beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer, offer protection against asthma and heart disease, and delay aging and body degeneration. (cool right!)

7. Many studies have suggested that eating more plant foods such as pumpkin decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality.

8. It can also help. Prevent Diabetes and heart disease, and promote a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and a healthful body mass index (BMI).

9. Pumpkins are also a powerful source of fiber.

10. Zea-xanthin is a natural anti-oxidant which has UV (ultra-violet) rays filtering actions in the macula lutea in the retina of the eyes. Thus, it may offer protection from "age-related macular disease" (ARMD) in the older adults.

11. The fruit is a good source of the B-complex group of vitamins like folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, and pantothenic acid.

12. It is also a rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.

BOTTOM LINE: 

      Pumpkins have a variety of benefits and are very nutritious. And are not for Halloween alone. And there's an amount of ways to fit it into our daily diet. To get Delicious and savory meals that can be made from pumpkin, check out #food on the menu 

For more tips, tricks and hacks, keep with me. #happyalmosthalloween

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