Food of the Week: Pumpkin

Pumpkin

  • 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! pumpkin-1


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