by Niki Kefala
Pumpkins are one of the best choices for a delicious Christmas food, but also their benefits make them so important for our health. Check out why!
Bye bye weight!
Pumpkin is an often-overlooked source of fiber and it can keep you feeling full for longer on fewer calories. A fiber-rich diet seems to help people eat less, so you must try it too.
Reduce cancer risk
Pumpkins have the antioxidant beta-carotene, which may play a role in cancer prevention.
The same free-radical-neutralizing powers of the carotenoids in pumpkin that may keep cancer cells at bay, can also help keep the skin wrinkle-free. Not bad at all.
A cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which aids vision, particularly in dim light. As mentioned before, pumpkins are also rich in carotenoids, the compounds that give their bright orange color, including beta-carotene, which the body converts into a form of vitamin A for additional protection.
Can help after a hard workout
A cup of cooked pumpkin has more of the refueling nutrient potassium. A little extra potassium helps restore the body’s balance of electrolytes after a heavy workout and keeps muscles functioning at their best.
Pumpkin seeds are rich in the amino acid tryptophan that is important in production of serotonin, one of the major players when it comes to our mood. A handful of roasted pumpkin seeds may help your mood stay bright!
Nuts and seeds, including those of pumpkins, are naturally rich in certain plant-based chemicals called phytosterols that have been shown in studies to reduce bad cholesterol.