Pumpkin is a widely grown vegetable that is incredibly rich in vital antioxidants, and vitamins. Low in calories, it carries vitamin A, and flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, xanthin, and carotenes in abundance.
Health benefits of Pumpkin
- Pumpkin is very low in calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; however, it is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals like iron, and vitamins A, C, and E.
- Just one cup of pumpkin provides you with more than 200% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin A. At 7384 mg per 100 g, it features the highest levels of vitamin-A, providing about 246% of RDA.
- Also an excellent source of many natural poly-phenolic flavonoid compounds such as a, ß carotenes, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zea-xanthin. Carotenes convert into vitamin A inside the body.
- Zea-xanthin is a natural anti-oxidant which has UV (ultra-violet) rays filtering actions in the macula lutea in retina of the eyes. So, it may offer protection from “age-related macular disease” (ARMD).
- It is a good source of B-complex group of vitamins like folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid.
- A rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)
- Pumpkin seeds (pepitas) are an excellent source of dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which are good for heart health. In addition, the seeds are concentrated sources of protein, minerals and health-benefiting vitamins. The seeds are an excellent source of health promoting amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is converted to GABA in the brain.
Cooking with Pumpkin
Why not try our sugar free CHOCOLATEY COCONUT AND PUMPKIN BREAD WITH SLIMSWEET™ MONK FRUIT recipe or the Pumpkin and Chia Slice? They are both so delicious, perfect to make on a lazy Sunday and take as a snack to the office during the week or makes a great snack after your morning workout!