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

Dr. Latimer is a Family Physician and Wellness Coach. She helps clients with parenting issues, the challenges of college and young adulthood and issues related to health and habits. Email her at drkarenlatimer@gmail.com to learn more. She is the author of the Audible Original, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents.

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