7 Major Reasons to Eat Pumpkins
For centuries, pumpkins have been widely used, both as a source of cooking and as decoration. Pumpkin pies and soups have traditionally been a part of American cuisine, and the Jack-O-Lanterns are a Halloween staple.
- Pumpkins are a gourd-like squash, belonging to the Cucurbita family.
- The average pumpkin weighs between 4 to 8 kg, with the largest species reaching up to 34 kg.
- Their shape varies from oblong to oblate, their skin is xx thick and orange or yellowish in colour.
- Their flesh varies from pale to dark green, white to grey and orange-yellow to red.
- Pumpkin seeds are not only edible and tasty but also very beneficial for your health.
Pumpkins are an excellent source of vitamins, dietary fibres, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Copper, Sodium and Zinc. And if that wasn’t reason enough to convince you of their importance, here are:
7 Major Reasons to Eat Pumpkins
#1 Pumpkin consumption improves your bone health
Rich in and known for their anti-inflammatory effects, pumpkins and their seeds are great for your bones, especially when combined with carrots or broccoli. Consumption of pumpkin seeds can significantly lessen the symptoms of arthritis and joint inflammation
#2 Pumpkins are great for your immune system
Тhanks to their natural anti-oxidant effect, they help your reportorial system fight off infections and asthma attacks. They’ll also increase the production and performance of your blood cells.
#3 Pumpkins are good for your mood
One of the prime causes of depression is the lack of tryptophan in your diet. Pumpkins contain large amounts of L-tryptophan – an essential amino-acid which we can’t produce on our own, and need to acquire by dietary means. Consuming L-tryptophan can make you feel happier and greatly aid in dealing with bad moods.
#4 Pumpkins help your cardiovascular system
By scrubbing away any arterial deposit build-ups, pumpkin juice will protect you from atherosclerosis, heart disease and strokes. Because it is a natural diuretic, it will also help you get rid of unneeded waste, cleansing your body from toxins in the process. Rich in Phytosterols – a substance not unlike the cholesterol, produced by our bodies – they will lower your LDL blood cholesterol and aid in blood sugar regulation.
#5 Pumpkins protect your digestive system
The modern diet barely contains any dietary fibres. Eating pumpkins every now and then can help you counteract that. They’re great at calming the gastrointestinal tract and dealing with ingestion problems, constipation, peptic ulcers and more.
#6 Pumpkins are great for your eyes and skin
The high quantity of vitamins (A, C, E), Zinc, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, contained in them make them very beneficial for the health of your skin and eyes. They’re especially useful in protecting you against astigmatism, macular degeneration and cataracts.
#7 Pumpkins are great for your Kidneys
By consuming anywhere between 5 and 10 grams of pumpkin seeds on a daily basis, you can greatly lessen the chance of kidney stone formation.
Pumpkin consumption tips:
Relatively easy to obtain almost everywhere throughout the whole year, pumpkin is great for making soups, pies and healthy green cocktails. It will also last a very long time in your fridge.
When choosing a pumpkin for cooking, look for the larger and heavier ones, as they will naturally provide you with more flesh.
A cautionary note – some people are allergic to pumpkin seeds. If you haven’t previously had any, try eating just a couple at first, to see if you experience any adverse reactions before proceeding
Now go and get yourself a nice pumpkin snack!
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