Fall Superfood- Pumpkin
By every definition- pumpkin is a superfood. High in nutrients and fiber while still being low-fat. Adding one cup of pumpkin to your day can give you 200% of your recommended daily vitamin A intake.
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Pumpkin boosts beta carotene production in the body. Beta carotene converts into vitamin A. You need vitamin A for better eyesight and for improving your immune system. It is also vital for overall reproductive health.
Pumpkin’s vitamin A have been shown to reduce risk of certain kinds of cancer.
The bright orange color is also a sign it’s packed with potassium. Potassium is crucial in lowering blood pressure.
Canned pumpkin contains 7 grams of fiber per one-cup serving. Fiber is beneficial for removing cholesterol from the body, keeping blood sugars from spiking and helping regulate bowel habits. In addition, fiber also helps us to feel fuller longer. This can decrease overeating and help achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Unsalted pumpkin seeds have minerals and plant sterols that raise HDL cholesterol levels (the “good” kind) and help keep blood pressure numbers down, too.