5 Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkins

With Halloween just around the corner it’s the middle of pumpkin season. Here are 5 reasons why you should be eating pumpkin this year instead of carving it up… Or at least taking advantage of the cut-priced pumpkins on sale on November 1st!

 

1. A great source of Fibre

Pumpkins’ combination of high fibre and relatively low calorie content keep you feeling fuller for longer- perfect for anyone trying to lose weight or at least counteract the toffee apples this Halloween!

2. Grade A Vision

Not only does a 100g portion of pumpkin contain 170% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A it’s also rich in carotenoids and therefore beta-carotene, which helps your body to absorb the vision boosting vitamin. Good news for those afraid of the dark.

3. Super-food seed status

Pumpkin seeds pack a huge variety of nutrients into a very small package. Particularly rich in zinc and magnesium they also make the perfect easy snack when dried or roasted!

4. Banana busting Potassium levels

Each portion of pumpkin provides more energy restoring potassium than a banana making it an ideal post-exercise snack. Just what you need after a blustery Autumnal walk!

5. Anti Carcinogenic

The same beta-carotene that helps maintain healthy eyesight is also thought to have antioxidant qualities that help prevent cancer. You don’t have to wait for Halloween each year to get your fill though, beta-carotene can be found in common root vegetables with a similarly orange hue such as carrots and sweet potatoes.

Now the question of how to cook it…

The flesh of pumpkin can be treated much like potatoes or squash. It’s good for mashing, roasting or pureeing. If you’re looking for a tasty seasonal dish then look no further than a spiced pumpkin risotto! Simply substitute in pumpkin for butternut squash and follow this easy recipe to enjoy a deliciously comforting Autumnal treat.

Butternut Squash Risotto (640x479)