Allow yourself to enjoy this winter all the benefits pumpkin brings to you. In fact, all the various species of cucurbits, variously known as pumpkins, squash or gourds are a rich source of vitamins and minerals, while being poor in calories and easily digestible. Pumpkins are 90% water, 1,1% protein, 0,1% fats and 5,5% carbohydrates. As such, they have a very small energy value and are recommended for people fighting obesity and for diabetics.
Pumpkin as Medicine
Pumpkins are good diuretics and are especially recommended for stomach troubles, when suffering from bowel difficulties, as well as psoriasis. It straightens the protective layer of nerves is a soothing stimulant, having a calming effects when consumed.
While containing very little calories, the yellow-orange fruit has a concentration of vitamins, minerals and carotenoids. Pumpkins contain potassium – important for your heart, phosphorus and calcium – the 2 building blocks of your bones and teeth, iron – essential for your blood and manganese – the protector of your skin. Pumpkins are rich in beta-carotene – a strong antioxidant, as well as vitamins C and E, known as keepers of youth. Present are also the B vitamins, important for your energy and nervous system. Pumpkin is also a leader among fruits as a source of iron. It also contains pectin, cellulose and dietary fibers.
100g of pumpkin seeds contain around 600 calories. They are a great source of protein, minerals and vitamins, containing beta-carotene, folic acid, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium. Maybe even more importantly, the seeds contain omega-3 fatty acid, a known benefactor for the whole body, including the cardiovascular system and especially the heart, but also your sight and mood. For a healthier life, substitute those potato chip snacks (potential cause of cancer) with pumpkins seeds while watching your favorite movies!
Another pumpkin product that attracts attention is the pumpkin oil, containing a small treasure of saturated fatty acids, a big percentage of beta-carotene, vitamin E and potassium. The seed’s lecithin helps stop arteriosclerosis and affects positively in lowering cholesterol levels in blood. 100g of pumpkin oil may contain 900 calories, but consider that for a tasty salad you only need about a tea spoon of it. The best pumpkin oils are cold-pressed, just like olive oil.
Make pumpkins and their healthy products the main desserts to your meals this and every other winter!