Eat the Pumpkin, Don’t Just Carve It

Posted: October 27, 2012 in blood sugar, bodybuilding, breakfast, cardio, coffee, crossfit, diet, exercise, fitness, germs, Health, meals, metabolism, run, running, vegetarian, wellness, workout
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With Halloween just around the corner the stores are stocking up with Pumpkins for you to buy. Instead of carving the pumpkin for Halloween decoration it is also beneficial to eat it as well. Pumpkins are high in fiber, low in calories and fat and a good source of vitamins. Below are the many health benefits of eating pumpkin and pumpkin seed!

Benefits of Eating Pumpkin

Pumpkins Keep Eyesight Sharp

A cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which aids vision, particularly in dim light, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Pumpkins Aid Weight Loss
Pumpkin is an often-overlooked source of fiber, but with three grams per one-cup serving and only 49 calories, it can keep you feeling full for longer on fewer calories.
Pumpkin Seeds Can Help Your Heart
Nuts and seeds, including those of pumpkins, are naturally rich in certain plant-based chemicals called phytosterols that have been shown in studies to reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol
Pumpkins May Reduce Cancer Risk
Like their orange comrades the sweet potato, the carrot and the butternut squash (to name a few), pumpkins boast the antioxidant beta-carotene, which may play a role in cancer prevention, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Pumpkins Protect The Skin
The same free-radical-neutralizing powers of the carotenoids in pumpkin that may keep cancer cells at bay can also help keep the skin wrinkle-free, Health magazine reported.
Pumpkins Can Help After A Hard Workout
Ever heard of bananas being touted as nature’s energy bar? Turns out, a cup of cooked pumpkin has more of the refueling nutrient potassium, with 564 milligrams to a banana’s 422.A little extra potassium helps restore the body’s balance of electrolytes after a heavy workout and keeps muscles functioning at their best.

Additional Benefits 

Prevents Kidney Stones – Have 5 to 10 grams of pumpkin seeds every day. This stimulates the kidneys and prevents the formation of calcium oxalate stones.

Depression – Pumpkin flesh contains L-tryptophan, a chemical compound that triggers feelings of well-being and happiness. Having pumpkin as a part of your daily diet can keep your spirits high and prevent depression.

Diuretics Pumpkins are natural diuretics. These help in flushing out the toxins and unwanted waste material from the body, leaving you refreshed and healthy.

Promotes Prostate Health

For you men over 50 helping carve pumpkins this Halloween, be sure to save those seeds.  Pumpkin seeds help promote a healthy prostate and minimize the issues such as urination problems due to an enlarged prostate.  Prostate problems are most common in men over fifty.

Better Bones

Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc and are a great natural resource for this much needed nutrition.  Low levels of zinc are one of the links to osteoporosis.

Arthritis Relief

In a recent study pumpkin seeds showed the same anti-inflammatory benefits as the non-steroid drug indomethacin.  The good news on these results is that the pumpkin seeds did not have the same negative effect of damaged fats (lipid peroxides) in the lining of joints like the anti-inflammatory drug.

Comments
  1. losing50laps says:

    Sweet! I have 3 more pumpkins to carve…and now I have a reason to look forward to it. I was starting to get sick of pumpkin until your post!

  2. Ann says:

    Wow…all that from the lowly pumpkin…I had no idea! Thanks!

  3. ryanthorr says:

    I always suspected there was much more to pumpkins than trivial Halloween decorations.

  4. Great post!! I have been putting homemade pumpkin butter in my breakfast smoothie in the morning with some coconut. It’s so good.

  5. I love pumpkin. I love all the wonderful things you can do with it this time of year. Thanks for all the additional info. Great post. :)

  6. Jim Brennan says:

    Great post, interesting. Never knew there were so many health benefits to pumpkin.

  7. activeiris says:

    Love pumpkin! Thanks for sharing this great post!

  8. Molly Czachur says:

    Reblogged this on Veganism as a meat lover and commented:
    If this doesn’t make you want to eat pumpkin, then I don’t know what will! Eat your pumpkin this Halloween :D

  9. gshipman says:

    Thanks for the info, this is awesome. I just posted my current addiction: Pumpkin Breakfast Parfait on my blog before I read this. I can’t get enough!

  10. Great article. Really insightful.

  11. junkmile says:

    I just scarfed down a handful of Pumpkin seeds with my Almonds today. I feel even better about my choice :)

  12. Just finding your blog today and I love it! Thanks for all of the good info you are putting out there. I’ll be back for more. :)

  13. jschu15 says:

    L-Jay, Thanks for the article on pumpkins and thanks for following me at crossfitathomeblog. I can attest that eating your jack-o-lantern is tasty! My wife sacrificed one of ours just last week and made pumpking pancakes, muffins, and of course pie (all with natural sweetners). Thanks to your informative article, I can feel pretty good about eating these treats. The pancakes with honey on them are pretty amazing!

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Nice! Pumkin pancakes and muffins sounds delicious. I am really glad that you enjoyed reading about all the different benefits. I will definitely need to try the pancakes with honey soon!!!

  14. stylebymeli says:

    This is great, thanks for reading my recent fitness post…your blog is GREAT!!

  15. The wrinkle point you made: The most powerful anti-wrinkle product known is the Retin-A/ Retinol group of products science has been aware of since the beginning of the 1900s, but little used ’till recent breakthoughs in how to make it work when topically applied.
    Yet nature has its own brilliant delivery system: balanced diet including one or more orange veggies like pumpkin every day! And for no more expense than including these in your regular grocery bill.

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Yea! Thanks for that feedback. It’s off that we only think about eating pumpkin in the fall time. This should be a year round fruit because it has so many great benefits! Thanks for reading!!

  16. Great Post! My new love is my pumpkin pie smoothie:
    1c pumpkin
    1c coconut milk
    1/4 tsp ground ginger
    1/4 tsp gorund nutmeg
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1 scoop Iso Whey unfloavoured protein powder

    Taste like pumpkin pie :)

  17. Roasted pumpkin soup – yum!

  18. James says:

    I get the small pumpkins, cut them in half and bake. Then fill the half shell with a ground beef, onions and spices mixture. Delish!

  19. kvjinc says:

    I love pumpkin! Thank you for this.

  20. angiemarler says:

    Great post! LOVE pumpkin! I am really enjoying your blog. Thanks for sharing! and thanks for the follow, too!

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