You’d be surprised how healthy pumpkin can be for you. If we told you that there’s a vegetable that produce one cup that equates to 49 calories, 1.8 grams of protein, .2 grams of fat, 0 grams of cholesterol, and 12 grams of carbohydrates, you’d probably be ready to jump right in.
The good news is that’s exactly what one cup of cooked and drained pumpkin produces. This means that one cup of pumpkin provides a daily dose of 100% of vitamin A, 20% of vitamin C, and 10% of vitamin E, riboflavin, potassium, copper, and manganese. Also in the mix is thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, iron, phosphorus, and more.
The only caution is to make sure you’re not using canned pumpkin pie mix—that has additional sugar and syrup added to it.
The beta-carotene in pumpkins is tremendous. It’s converted to vitamin A inside the body, and consumption of beta-carotene is associated with reducing the risk of developing cancer, protection against certain asthmas, protection against heart disease, and protection against signs of aging. Vitamin A is also very helpful in the fight against prostate cancer.
Pumpkin also helps prevent heart disease and reduces hypertension. They share the coveted category of such along with bananas, tomatoes, spinach, and oranges. The potassium increase inside your body also helps prevent stroke and helps preserve muscle mass.
Vitamin C’s effects are well-known, and doing anything to boost your immunity during this time of year is a good thing.
So go ahead, have a second helping of pumpkin muffins or pie this Thanksgiving.
The Pleasant Hills Apothecary Team