EAT MORE PUMPKIN, IT'S GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH
This week, leading up to Halloween, we're celebrating by keeping things Halloween themed on the blog. Today, we're talking all things pumpkin. As an iconic symbol of Halloween (and really, fall in general), this orange, squash plant is easily recognizable. It usually pops into our lives in the form of jack-o-lanterns, but what about in our food? Here's 7 reasons why you should eat more pumpkin. Trust us, it's good for your health.
1) Pumpkins are full of Vitamin A, and Vitamin A has been found to improve your eyesight. So, if you're looking to have superhero eyesight, we recommend eating some pumpkin, although, we doubt you'll have x-ray vision anytime soon.
2) Pumpkins are extremely high in fiber and low in calories. They have just 49 calories and a whopping 3 grams of fiber per cup of pumpkin, making it a dream for those trying to lose weight. The fiber will leave you feeling full longer, and with so few calories, there's no guilt.
3) If you're looking to lower your cholesterol, pumpkin seeds are the way to go. They are loaded with phytosterols, which have been shown to lower bad cholesterol.
4) Pumpkins also have the antioxidant beta-carotene, which has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer.
5) Tryptophan, that pesky little amino acid blamed for the inevitable food coma that follows Thanksgiving turkey dinners, is also present in pumpkins. Whether the tryptophan is actually guilty of putting you to sleep or not is debatable, it has been linked to increased serotonin production, which could improve your mood.
6) Pumpkin is incredibly high in potassium as well, which makes it a great post-workout recovery food. (Do post tennis pumpkin spice lattes count?)
7) Finally, pumpkin in a huge source of Vitamin C, giving your immune system a boost, improves your absorption of iron, and prevents scurvy - which may be helpful if you're dressing as a pirate this Halloween.
The best part about pumpkin, is it makes delicious bread, and who doesn't love roasted pumpkin seeds? And with all of the health benefits that come with eating pumpkin, there's really no reason for you not to eat pumpkin!