It’s pumpkin season! Besides decoration, taste and recipes, here are little wonder about this vegetable that benefits your health:
The beautiful orange color is given by carotene, which fights cancer, asthma and heart disease.
Pumpkins are rich in vitamin A and potassium, it actually has more potassium than a banana – how could you guess? Why not get more seasonal and in tune with the rhythms of nature: instead of a banana around workout time, try a bowl of pumpkin soup. In addition, potassium plays a positive effect on blood pressure.
Rich in fiber, supports good gut health and aids weight loss and elimination of toxins.
But wait! Don’t waste the seeds! They are high in protein, complementing the pumpkin itself that is more on the starchy side, and contains phytosterols that help to reduce “bad” cholesterol. They are tasty and easy to carry, so the seeds make a great nutrient dense snack option.
Tryptophan, an aminoacid that helps with depression and is a precursor of serotonin, one of the “feel good” neurotransmitters, is also present in pumpkin seeds.
With so many goodness, we need to make sure not to use them only for those beautiful fall decorations, but bring them right to the table! I feel like trying some new recipes this week do you have a favorite recipe to share with me?