Pumpkins are delicious and feature in many diets around the world. Not only is it versatile, it packs a powerful punch when it comes to nutrients, keeping heart health, vision and waistlines in check.
ALL ROUNDED GOODNESS
Humble but impressive, the pumpkin is a super food with all kinds of nutritional benefits. Native Americans used pumpkin seeds to treat gut parasites and to this day, they are still used to treat tapeworms in parts of Africa.
Pumpkins contain more than 200% of our recommended daily Vitamin A intake which aids vision. Also rich in carotenoids including beta-carotene which the body converts to a form of Vitamin A. Full of fibre and low in calories, pumpkin will keep you feeling longer on lesser calories.
Studies have shown that the beta-carotene in a pumpkin may play a role in cancer prevention. Pumpkin seeds are super seeds – naturally rich in phytosterols that have been shown in studies to reduce bad cholesterol.
Great post-workout as they contain more potassium than bananas. Helps restore the body’s balance of electrolytes to keep muscles functioning best. They are rich in amino acid tryptophan, important in the production of serotonin, a major player in keeping our mood bright.
Pumpkins are budget-friendly and easy to find and readily available at grocers, markets, supermarkets, specialty stores and health food shops. Look out for organic ones to reap more flavour and goodness.