Why is Pumpkin Good for You?

pumpkin pureeIt’s pumpkin season…but even when it’s not, I use it a lot in pancakes and home-made bread because I have kids who hate vegetables. It’s one way to get some good vitamin into them without any complaints. So what is so great about pumpkins?

• It’s packed with vitamin A. According to the National Institutes of Health, a cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin contains more than 200% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which aids vision, particularly in dim light.

• It might help you lose weight because it’s low in calories and fiber-rich which gives you a sense of feeling fuller. Pumpkin has three grams per one-cup serving and only 49 calories.

pumpkin seeds• Pumpkins have the antioxidant beta-carotene, which according to the National Cancer Institute, may help with cancer prevention,

• Pumpkin seeds have also been linked to fighting off certain cancers.

 And, they have more potassium than a banana–564 milligrams–which is good for your heart!

 


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Author: Karen Latimer

Karen is a Family Physician, Wellness Coach, and founder of Tips From Town. She is passionate about sharing her medical expertise, her coaching techniques and her parenting experience to encourage happier and healthier lives.

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