WHATEVER WEDNESDAYS-PUMPKIN..NOT JUST GOOD FOR HALLOWEEN AND PIES!

Hey folks,

Welcome to this edition of Whatever Wednesdays!  I hope the week is treating you right so far..it's the hump, so we're almost there!

I have posted quite a few pumpkin recipes lately..because I happen to LOVE most treats with pumpkin this time of year.   Well, I decided to take a closer look at pumpkin to find its nutritional value.  As I always say, all the cakes, pies and other goodies I may eat or post about are best done wisely and in moderation...:-)  So, let's look at the pumpkin and see what other goodness it gives outside of making a wonderful dessert!

PUMPKIN

Nutrition:


Pumpkin is low in saturated Fat as well as Cholesterol and Sodium. It's a good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
 
  • Pumpkin is very rich in carotenoids, which is known to help keep the immune system strong and healthy.
  • It contains Beta-carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory agent. 
  • It is rich in alpha-carotene, which is believed to slow down the aging process and also prevent cataract formation.
  • Pumpkins have been known to reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a serious eye problem than usually results in blindness.
  • The high amount of fiber in pumpkins is good for bowel health.
  • Due to its high content of potassium, it is associated with lowering the risk of hypertension.
  • The presence of zinc in pumpkins gives the immune system a boost and also improves the bone density.
When purchasing:

Choose pumpkins that are firm and heavy for their size.
 
To store:

In a cool and dark place for up to two months.
 


So, pumpkins aren't just good for Halloween decorations and sweets, they are very good for you!


SOURCES: fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org, lifestyle.iloveindia.com, nutritiondata.self.com

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