Do I smell Pumpkin?

Fall is a week away and I know all of us here at Denison Chiropractic are ready for some cooler weather! We are also ready for the food that comes along with the holidays coming up. Do you know what you are actually putting in your bodies? Obviously there are times where you can indulge in some holiday treats but what about the rest of the time? With all the talk of pumpkin spice lattes and Halloween candy we urge our patients to take a look at what they are actually eating.

Most people when they hear about pumpkins they think of things that are automatically bad for you. In reality, pumpkins themselves are very good for you.

Nutrition

Pumpkins themselves include a lot of nutrients. One cup of cooked pumpkin has:

  • Calories: 49
  • Fat: 0.2 grams
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Carbs: 12 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Vitamin A: 245% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
  • Vitamin C: 19% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 16% of the RDI
  • Copper: 11% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 11% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B2: 11% of the RDI
  • Vitamin E: 10% of the RDI
  • Iron: 8% of the RDI
  • Small amounts of magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, folate and several B vitamins

So they are rich in vitamins and minerals and also taste good (including the seeds!). Pumpkin is high in vitamins A and C, which can help boost your immune system. Its supply of vitamin E, iron and folate may strengthen your immunity as well.

Antioxidants

Pumpkins contain many antioxidants such as alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin. These antioxidants are extremely beneficial in stopping free radicals from damaging your cells and also helping protect your skin from the sun. They also help protect you from things such as cancer, eye disease and other diseases.

Weight loss and appearance

Pumpkin is packed with nutrients and yet has under 50 calories per cup (245 grams). This makes it a nutrient-dense food. It’s also a good source of fiber, which may suppress your appetite (If you are looking for some good pumpkin recipe ideas look no further than our pinterest page!).

Pumpkin is high in beta-carotene, which acts as a natural sunblock. It also contains vitamins C and E, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help keep your skin strong and healthy.

No fear all you fall loving, pumpkin eating and cool weather wanting people because it will be here faster than you know it!

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