Pumpkins are the stars of autumn, low in calories but super rich in flavor, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Did you know pumpkins are actually fruits? They belong to the same family as melons and cucumbers but since they are savory everybody (including us) thinks they are veggies.
It’s officially autumn, the temperature is dropping down, and we see new veggies popping up on the market. I am talking about the amazing vegetable, pumpkin, with its crazy shapes and cozy autumn colors. Pumpkins cheer me up and get me excited and that ain’t only cause of their look, taste and the fact that you can make delicious cakes and soups with it. Pumpkin is super healthy. So definitely bring one home when shopping groceries, and enjoy all these health benefits:
Health benefits pumpkins
1. Healthy eyes
Like carrots, pumpkins are rich in provitamin A, which give them this warm color. Our bodies transform provitamin A into vitamine A. Vitamin A helps our eyes catching light. This comes especially handy when it’s already dark and you still need to drive all the way home.
Pumpkins are rich in powerful antioxidants that protect our cells against free radicals. Antioxidants also prevent bad cholesterol getting attached to the walls of our blood vessels. It stimulates a good blood circulation.
3. Healthy skin
The antioxidants in pumpkin are super good for your skin. They protect the skin against the sun, and actually can be seen as a natural sunscreen. Pumpkin contains lots of vitamine C and that’s also important for a healthy skin.
4. Boost your immune system
Pumpkins are rich in vitamins en minerals like vitamine A,C, E , iron and folate. It’s a total health package that can strengthen your immune system.
5. Good for the hearth
Pumpkin contains more potassium than a banana. Potassium is a mineral that is as important for your heart as eating less salt. It helps to keep a regular heartbeat, your nerves to function, and your muscles to contract.
6. Healthy digestion
Pumpkin is a fantastic food for digestion. It’s easy to digest because it’s low in sugar but super high in fiber (more than kale). Because it’s soft your body doesn’t need to break it down.