Fall is the season of pumpkins. You decorate with them. You carve them for Halloween. You bake them into pies for Thanksgiving. But did you know that eating pumpkin can actually be good for your health? Here are some pleasantly surprising health benefits about pumpkins.
Pumpkin is actually low in calories. You are probably shocked by this fact. After all, pumpkin is so full of rich, decadent flavor that it seems like it would be packed full of calories. But this is not the case at all. It is one of the lowest calorie vegetables around, so go ahead and eat that pumpkin to your heart’s content.
Pumpkins are a great source of vitamin A. In fact, they are packed full of this important vitamin. Vitamin A is an antioxidant which means it is very good for your skin. It also helps maintain healthy vision and boosts the immune system. So as cold and flu season approaches, eat a little bit more pumpkin to boost that immunity and stay healthy.
Pumpkins aren’t just good for their flesh. Their seeds are also good for you. Pumpkin seeds are chock-full of dietary fiber, iron, zinc, and other important nutrients. Eating pumpkins seeds is known to be good for your heart especially because of the monounsaturated fatty acids they contain. So trade in those summer sunflower seeds for fall pumpkin seeds and enjoy a tasty and healthy snack.
Pumpkin is also a great source of potassium. Even better than bananas if you can believe it. So next time you have a particularly hard workout, instead of reaching for a banana to prevent those muscle cramps and fatigue, eat some (cooked) pumpkin and reap the benefits.