With Halloween and Thanksgiving taking place in October, pumpkins are probably as prominent as they’ll ever be for the rest of the year! It is a shame however, as pumpkins are an unbelievably great source of nutrients that would be a great addition to your meals for more than just one month out of the calendar year.
Health & Science
Let’s take a look at some scientifically proven facts that demonstrate the health benefits of pumpkins!
- Beta-carotene: This is an antioxidant found in pumpkins. Antioxidants are chemicals that remove harmful chemicals called oxidizing agents from living beings. Beta-carotene is converted to Vitamin A in the body. Consumption is known to reduce risk of cancer, improve heart function, and slow down body aging!
- Fibre: This is a nutrient that is easily forgotten about when people plan their meals. Fiber ensures that your body’s digestion is working properly and also regulates bowel movements, which is why fibre helps reduce risk of colon cancer.
- Potassium: This mineral is great for cardiovascular health, as it helps manage blood pressure. It also helps maintain muscle mass and bone density.
- Vitamin C: This vitamin is important for our cardiovascular health and immune system
You might be scratching your head and wondering what you can do with pumpkins once October is finished, so here are some tasty ways to incorporate this healthy fruit into your meals (yes, pumpkins are fruits).
- Pumpkin pastries, such as pumpkin muffins, cookies, and cupcakes
- Pumpkin desserts, such as pumpkin bars, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin cake
- Pumpkin soup is a rich and warm accompaniment to any meal of the day!
- Chewing on pumpkin seeds are a perfect alternative to snacking on chips or crackers.
- Can’t resist the chips or crackers? Substitute that salsa for some pumpkin dip!
We wish you all the best in incorporating this delicious and healthy fruit into your meals!