More than a Jack-O-Lantern

We’re all familiar with carving out pumpkins and putting them on display for Halloween. It’s fun and a great way to show off your artistic talent (or lack thereof). What you might not know is that pumpkins are also very nutritious.

They are very rich in antioxidants and vitamins such as vitamin-A. In fact, it has one of the highest levels of vitamin-A out of any vegetable. And you really want that vitamin-A if you want to keep up your good skin and good eyesight.

It also has an antioxidant called Zea-xanthin. This antioxidant helps the retinas of the eyes filter UV rays, and will keep your eyes healthy and protects them from age-related macular disease.

It also is a good source of vitamin-B, copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. Pumpkins are a serious vitamin powerhouse!

Not only are they super nutritious, they are also very low-calorie. 100g contains only 26 calories and no saturated fat or cholesterol! It is a great vegetable to help maintain a weight-loss diet.

If all that wasn’t enough, the pumpkin seeds are a friend of your heart. They contain a great source of dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids which will keep your heart strong.

So, instead of just mutilating a pumpkin and let it rot on your doorstep, think about finding some great pumpkin recipes and improve your health with these orange fellas.


    Rhett Hildebrandt
    Monthly Newsletter Contributor since 2017
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