Pumpkin is one of those vegetables that is almost emblematic of fall. Since pumpkin keeps for 6 months whole or for years in a can, it can be a year-round addition to our diets. Pumpkin seeds are also very beneficial.
Nutrition in Pumpkin:
Pumpkin is rich in disease fighting nutrients such as:
• Vitamins C and E
• Pantothenic acid
• The vitamin C in pumpkin boosts immunity, reduces the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, and regulates cholesterol levels.
• Pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber; one-half cup serving contains 5 grams of fiber. Fiber helps reduce bad cholesterol levels, protect the body against heart disease, control blood sugar levels, promote healthy digestion, and plays a role in weight loss.
• Pumpkins are also high in lutein and zeaxanthin, which scavenge free radicals in the lens of the eye. Therefore, they may help prevent the formation of cataracts and reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a serious eye problem than usually results in blindness.
• Pumpkin is rich in zinc which helps to control osteoporosis of the hip and spine in older men.
• Pumpkin seed oil is high in essential fatty acids (EFAs). EFAs have many benefits, among them the maintenance of healthy blood vessels and nerves and the lubrication of all tissues, including the skin.
• Being rich in alpha-carotene, pumpkin is believed to slow the process of aging
• The high amount of fiber, present in a pumpkin, is good for the bowel health of an individual.
• The presence of zinc in pumpkins boosts the immune system and also improves the bone density.