The weather is cooling, the days are getting shorter, and pumpkin weather is upon us.
As an ingredient, pumpkin is versatile, delicious and packed with fiber and nutrients.
Here are a few more health benefits pumpkins provide
- A one cup serving of pumpkin contains more than 200% of your daily recommended Vitamin A, which is essential for eye health.
- Pumpkin is rich in B-Complex vitamins, such as B-6, niacin, folates, and thiamin.
- Pumpkin is a low-calorie food. A 100g serving contains only 26 calories and no saturated fats or cholesterol.
- Pumpkins are an excellent source of fiber, which can help you feel full longer.
- Pumpkins contain many antioxidants, including beta-carotene, which may help protect against heart disease and reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancers.
- Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of zinc, which helps support your immune system, and phytosterols, which help lower bad (LDL) cholesterol
The festive squash is a great base for a variety of sweet and savory dishes, including pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread, and more.
Need a good Fall soup recipe? Try this pumpkin chicken tortilla soup recipe from Healthstat's own Maureen Kuebler!