This time of year, pumpkins can be seen decorating houses and showing up in pies, but what else is good about them? They’re actually full of a variety of vitamins and minerals while still being low in calories. Pumpkin can be used in pancakes, cakes, muffins but also savory dishes like soups, curries, or roasted with other vegetables.
• Pumpkins for carving are different than pumpkins for eating and the smaller varieties are used for pies since they have more flavor and a less stringy texture.
• Their bright orange color comes from their high amounts of beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant that is converted into Vitamin A.
• Eye health: Beta-carotene helps your retina absorb light. The combo of vitamins and minerals have been found to slow macular degeneration.
• Fighting infections: Vitamins A, C, E, iron, and folate all help to boost immunity.
• Healthy skin: Beta-carotene helps protect your skin from sun damage and improves its texture and appearance.
• Heart health: Fiber and potassium help promote good blood pressure and cholesterol levels.