Tis the season for pumpkins. These mighty orange vegetables come packed with nutrients, making it a great idea to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon. However, it’s important to note that pumpkin-flavored foods are often high in sugar. Try to choose foods that are flavored with pumpkin pie seasoning, rather than syrups. Or just go for the real deal — that is, foods made with real pumpkin.
Reasons Why You Should Love Pumpkin
Heart health: The antioxidants in pumpkins can help prevent damage from the type of cholesterol that causes heart disease.
Cancer fighting: The antioxidant beta-carotene, which gives pumpkins their orange hue, has been linked to reducing cancer risk.
Brain health: Pumpkin seeds are a source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are vital in cognitive function and balancing mood.
Muscle health: Pumpkins contain potassium, which helps nerves and muscles communicate properly.
GI health: 1 cup of pumpkin has about 3 g of fiber and fewer than 50 calories. Fiber is a key part of satiety and keeps our gastrointestinal tract healthy.
It’s clear pumpkin makes for a great addition to any meal. Not only is it versatile — you can make it in both savory and sweet dishes, but it’s also tasty and good for you, too.
A Few Simple Pumpkin Recipes
Not sure how to incorporate pumpkins into your meals? Here are some recipes from Zipongo and around the web.