Besides Pumpkin Spice Latte® from Starbucks and jack-o’-lanterns at Halloween, pumpkin contains
some surprising health benefits. Check out these five reasons you should
consider eating more pumpkin to improve your health.
- Trying to lose weight? A half cup of canned pumpkin provides four grams
of fiber. Fiber slows digestion and helps you feel full longer. It’s
also low in calories (only 50 calories) and contains no fat or cholesterol.
And, don’t neglect the seeds—one ounce of pumpkin seeds provides
5 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.
- Pumpkin can help lower your risk for certain diseases. Pumpkin has more
beta-carotene per serving than any other commonly eaten food. Your body
converts beta-carotene to vitamin A, and that may protect against heart
disease and some cancers.
- The better to you see you with. Vitamin A is also essential for eye health.
A single cup of pumpkin contains over 200 percent of most people's
recommended daily intake of vitamin A.
- Pumpkins are especially good sources of alpha- and beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin
(an antioxidant), vitamin C, riboflavin and iron.
- Good for your skin. Pumpkin’s beta-carotene helps protect the skin
from the sun’s wrinkle-causing UV rays. Some people even use the
pulp of pumpkin as an all natural face mask that exfoliates and smoothes.
All you need is 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie), an egg, a tablespoon
of honey and a tablespoon of milk. Mix, then apply it. Wait for 20 minutes
or so and wash it off with warm water. Ta-da!
Prepared by: Dietitian team at CaroMont Health
Additional Sources: http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/21/health/health-benefits-of-pumpkin/