Fabulous Fall Foods

There are plenty of good reasons to include Pumpkin in your meal planning.  Not only does Pumpkin add a rich, nutty taste to many stews and soups; it can provide your body with a wide variety of vitamins and minerals.  Pumpkin also helps the immune system work properly and protect the body from disease.  Pumpkin is low in calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol.  It does contain monounsaturated fats;  the fats that are good for the heart.  Pumpkin is a good source of dietary fiber, which not only helps with weight management, but aids the body with proper digestion. Pumpkin is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties.  Inflammation present in the  body is believed to lead to many chronic health conditions.

 

Pumpkin has many healthy benefits

Pumpkin is a rich source of Vitamins and Minerals

  • B-complex group (Folates, niacin, vitamin B-6, Thiamin, Pantothenic acid)
  • Copper (strengthens the connective tissue and brain neurotransmitters)
  • Calcium (necessary for bone and teeth health, muscle function, nerve transmission, vascular contraction / dilation)
  • Potassium ( necessary for fluid and electrolyte balance as well as the role in muscle contraction and nerve impulses)
  • Phosphorus ( a component of DNA and RNA)

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Pumpkin is a rich source of Anti-oxidants

  • Helps the immune system work properly and protect the body.
  • Leutin ( for your skin and vision)
  • Xanthin (helps protect against “age-related macular disease”)
  • Carotenes (converts to Vitamin A in the body)
  • Vitamin A ( necessary for good visual sight and maintains skin and mucus membranes)
  • Vitamin C ( helps make collagen that helps heal wounds)
  • vitamin E (fights viruses and invading bacteria)

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Health Benefits

  • Low in Calories ( 110 grams provides 26 calories)
  • No Saturated Fats 
  • No Cholesterol
  • Monounsaturated Fats which are good for the heart
  • Rich in dietary fiber ( good for digestion and weight management)
  • Rich in anti-oxidants
  • Rich in Vitamins and Minerals
  • Disease Prevention (fights against certain cancers, such as lung cancer)
  • Reduces inflammation (inflammation may lead to many chronic health conditions)