Enjoy it sliced fresh, roasted, boiled, steamed, in your soups, stews, or in your quinoa dishes! It's naturally sweet and can add a nice flavour to your dishes, plus adding incredible health benefits.
Pumpkin Helps Digestion
Pumpkins are a good source of fibre, which helps keep you feeling full and promotes healthy digestion. All those stomach-satisfying powers also lower your risk for obesity, all while increasing nutrient absorption. It also slows absorption of the carbohydrates, including natural sugars, so you don't experience the blood sugar highs and lows of something less nutritious, such as white breads or pasta. This makes it great for anyone with Diabetes too.
Plus like many hydrating fruits and vegetables, pumpkin is mostly made of water (about 90 percent) which is a helpful bonus that supports normal bowel movements. Think more regular digestion; fewer stomach issues.
Pumpkin Regulates Blood Pressure
Your heart loves pumpkin as much as your taste buds do. Pumpkin contains potassium and antioxidants, which contribute to great heart health. Don’t throw away the seeds either!! That healthy pumpkin seed oil helps prevent high blood pressure—and can lower already-high levels.
May help reduce cancer risks
A magical combination of vitamins A and C, iron, and more nutrients make pumpkin natural defence against cancer cells. In particular, the health benefits of pumpkin decrease risk for prostate, breast, and colon cancers, according to studies. Consuming the antioxidants found in foods like pumpkin and beans leads to less oxidative stress - a major factor in decreasing cancer risk.
And once again, the fiber may play an important role by lowering the risk of mouth, colon and stomach cancers, too.
The vitamin C in pumpkin is great for your immune system, especially in cold weather, plus it also has antimicrobial effects. Beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A in the body, and is found in spades in pumpkin. That boosts the "natural killer" cells that fight diseases including ear, bladder, and kidney infections.
So, there are a million reasons to eat pumpkin this season!