28 Mar The benefits of pumpkin in our diet
Pumpkins have unique properties, such as their high fiber content, and they also contain numerous minerals and vitamins.
Pumpkin is a nutritious vegetable, and a very nutrient-dense food. It is low in calories but with many vitamins, including vitamin A, C, E or B6, as well as minerals such as potassium, copper, manganese, magnesium or phosphorus.
There are many ways to incorporate pumpkin into our diet: desserts, creams, salads, preserves, and even as a substitute for butter.
Pumpkin has a variety of health benefits, including being one of the best-known sources of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant that gives pumpkin (like other fruits and vegetables) its distinctive orange color.
The consumption of pumpkin has, among others, the following benefits:
- Its high fiber content slows down the absorption of blood sugar, promotes regular bowel movements, and smoothes digestion. A healthy fiber intake can also help reduce the risk of colon cancer.
- The fiber, potassium, and vitamin C content in pumpkin supports heart health.
- Including pumpkin in the diet can help people control diabetes and their blood sugar levels.
- Thanks to the large amount of antioxidants it contains, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene, they support eye health and prevent degenerative damage in older adults.
Eating more plant foods, such as pumpkin, lowers the risk of obesity and improves overall health. It can also help stave off diabetes and heart disease, promote healthy skin and hair, boost energy, and a healthy body mass index.
There are many ways that we can eat more pumpkin. Preparing fresh pumpkin at home has many health benefits, but cooked pumpkin is also a great option.
Have you tried our pumpkin cream with chia seeds? A great recipe to take both in the cold months and in the summer.