Eating pumpkins have a lot of benefits for one’s health. The vitamins, mineral salts, and antioxidants contribute to making everybody healthier on the foggy and rainy days of fall. Below you can find ten reasons why it is worth building pumpkin into your diet.
1) A source of macro and micro elements and vitamins
Among others, there is Zinc, Phosphorus, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Sodium, Copper, Selenium, Vitamin A-, B1-, B2-, B3-, B5-, B6-, C-, E-, K, and there is folic acid, as well, in the pumpkin – Helló Magyar reported.
2) It is a perfect source of dietary fibre
One can (approximately 245 g) of pumpkin puree contains 2.7g of dietary fibre. That can contribute a lot to good digestion, normalized bowel function and keeping our intestinal flora healthy.
3) Its energy content is low
Experts recommend regular consumption of meals containing a lot of dietary fibre and a low amount of energy to those who want to lose weight or keep their body weight in the healthy domain. 245 g pumpkin puree contains 230 g water (~94 %), while only 100 kcal. The energy content of the pumpkin is only 45 kcal / 100 g. Therefore, it is a perfect ingredient for everybody who would like to lose weight.
4) It is a source of essential amino acids
You can find 18 out of the 22 essential amino acids in pumpkin. Among others, there is Isoleucine, Threonine, Valine, Methionine, Leucine, Lysine, Tryptophan,
Valine, Phenylalanine and Histidine in pumpkin.
5) It is rich in beta-carotene
Beta-carotene protects us from the harmful consequences of intense sunlight. Furthermore, it contains lutein which helps preserve the health of our eyes. Moreover, it protects our cardiovascular system and boosts the resistance of our DNA. It also has Zeaxanthin, which also plays a key role in preserving the health of our eyes.
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6) It is a source of Choline
Choline helps our muscles and nervous system, while it is important for metabolism and protects our liver.
7) It is a source of vitamins protecting our body
Vitamin A: our body makes it by using beta-carotene. It plays a key role in growing and is vital for the epithelial tissues and the mucous membrane.
Vitamin C: important antioxidant, it helps our immune system, it plays a key role in the biosynthesis of collagen.
Vitamin E: it reduces the risks of cardiovascular diseases by inhibiting lipid peroxidation.
8) It helps preserve the health of our eyes
It contains vitamins A, B2 and E, Zink, Selenium, Lutein, and Zeaxamtin.
9) Pumpkin is a perfect Potassium and Magnesium source for the body
Potassium plays a key role in conduction and helps normal heart, muscle and nerve functions. Furthermore, it has a beneficial influence on our blood pressure and the health of our bones and teeth.
10) It is easy to build into our diet
There is a variety of different meals you can prepare from pumpkin. For example, you can make soup, a side dish, but you can put it into salads. Furthermore, you can bake cakes using it, and it can be the main course, as well. Moreover, it can be a healthy snack.
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Source: Hello Magyar
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