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Pumpkin is great around this time of year which is why it pops up in so many recipes online. Pumpkin definitely stands out among other superfoods, in the autumn when it’s in its prime. It’s easy to find and its sweet flavor is at its peak.
Superfood is the word used to describe almost every kind of pumpkin (yes, there is more than just one type!). They belong to the squash family which also includes zucchini and butternut squash. We usually separate these fruit into two different categories: winter squash and summer squash.
This magnificent superfood is nutrient-dense and is a pleasure to eat thanks to its sweet, yet soft flavor. We’ve made a list of all its wonderful benefits to give you even more reason to include it in your recipes more often.
Benefits of Pumpkin:
- Rich in magnesium which helps heart health. Pumpkin seeds can be roasted and eaten as a yummy, healthy snack. Just half a cup of seeds is enough to meet your daily need of this mineral.
- Pumpkin is naturally rich in antioxidants such as carotenoids, lycopene, and vitamins A and C. All of which positively influence our health because they help fight free radicals, promote eye health, and also help prevent diseases such as cancer.
- It is an excellent post-workout snack because it contains high levels of potassium, giving us energy with much less sugar. A cup of pumpkin contains 564 milligrams of potassium, while a banana – most famous for potassium- only has 442 milligrams.
- They promote intestinal health and prevent conditions such as constipation thanks to their high fiber content. They help eliminate toxins from the body and intestines and also help regulate sugar levels in our body.
How can I eat more pumpkin?
An excellent way to introduce more of this fruit (yes, it’s a fruit!) to your daily diet is in creams, stews, and soups. Pumpkin soup with roasted vegetables tastes incredible and helps keep us warm during the colder winter.
As we mentioned earlier its seeds can also be used in a variety of ways, either as a snack or as part of a healthy muesli giving it a nice crunchy texture. You can take advantage of almost every part of a pumpkin, even its skin!
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