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 & Parenting Coach. She works with parents who want to feel more confident when helping their children and coaches young adults to help them better navigate college life and transitions. Contact her at drkarenlatimer@gmail.com to learn more. She is the author of two Audible Originals, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents and Worry Less, Parent Better. She is also the co-founder of the app that makes your life easier and puts social in a healthier place -- List'm.