- One cup of Pumpkin has more than 100% of the recommended value of beta-carotene
- Good source of carotenoids (what gives pumpkins their orange color), which is good for the eyes and may help prevent cataracts.
- ½ cup of pumpkin has 20% of the recommended daily value of iron!
- A handful of pumpkin seeds has about 40% of the necessary intake of iron, as well.
- Pumpkin seeds contain an oil that is good for prostate health.
- This squash is high in fiber, which helps keep us fuller for longer periods of time.
- The beta-carotene helps prevent the damage of free radicals that can cause cancer.
- Pumpkin seeds are high in tryptophan, the same amino acid that gives us the sleepy feeling after we eat turkey on Thanksgiving, and is important in the production of serotonin – the mood lifter.
- One cup of cooked pumpkin has more potassium than a medium banana, which helps our body restore electrolytes after a workout.
Fun Fact: Pumpkins are not a vegetable…they are actually a fruit!