Wednesday Wisdom: Preferred Pumpkin
This incredible vegetable is mostly associated with fall, Thanksgiving and pumpkin spiced latte. To me it is bipididy babity bo which converts into a beautiful carriage for Cinderella. Just like most of yellow vegetables this is a neglected one too. Here are some nutritional facts:
- It is high in fiber and water content. High fiber slow downs digestion process which keeps you full for longer. There is about 85-90% water hence low in calories. One serving is roughly 50 calories only. Good choice for weight loss.
- It is an excellent source of Vitamin A as it contains beta-carotene which turns into vitamin A in the body. Half a cup of cooked pumpkin provides more than 100% of daily Vitamin A requirement. Makes it great for optical health, healthy skin and hair.
- A serving of pumpkin provides about 20% of required Vitamin C. With such high quality and amount of vit A and C which boost immunity and helps fight infections and cold.
- It is a good source of Vitamin E, iron and folate which may boost immunity.
- Studies have shown that carotenoids in pumpkin, which work as antioxidants, are linked to lower the risk of breast, throat, stomach and pancreas cancer.
- This vegetable is known to be a nutritious source when consumed in moderation but it is better to avoid pumpkin based junk food which are loaded with sugar.