Pumpkin is a widely grown fruit, extremely rich in vital antioxidants and vitamins. They are surprisingly one of the most nutritious fruits available. There is a little confusion if pumpkin is a fruit or a vegetable?Technically,pumpkin is a fruit owing to its development from a flower.Again, from a culinary standpoint,since Pumpkin is not as sweet as other fruits,it can be categorized as a vegetable.
Listed are a few Health Benefits of Pumpkin:
-Pumpkins have a very low calorie content. A 100 g pumpkin fruit provides only 26 calories, no saturated fats or cholesterol.Pumpkins, however, are rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins. Hence, pumpkins are very effective for cholesterol control and weight reduction.
-Pumpkin is one of the vegetables with highest vitamin-A content, of 7,384 mg per 100 g. Vitamin-A is a natural antioxidant and is very effective for your skin and mucosa. Vitamin A also promotes good vision,even when lights are scanty. As researched,foods rich in vitamin-A protect the human body against lung and oral cavity cancers.
-Pumpkin is also a storehouse of many vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C, and vitamin-E.
-Pumpkin may offer protection from “age-related macular disease” (ARMD) in older adults.
-Pumpkin is a good source of Vitamin B-complex like folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 and thiamine.
-Pumpkin fruit is a rich source of copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
-Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber,which improves heart health. Pumpkin seeds are are packed with protein, minerals, and health-benefiting vitamins.
Easy Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe
Things You’ll Need:
-1/4 cup pumpkin purée (fresh or canned)
-1/2 large frozen banana
-1 to 1 1/2 cups milk(preferably almond)
-1 tablespoon chia seeds
-1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
-Sweetner of your choice
Crumbled graham crackers and Peanut butter (or any nut butter)
Blend all ingredients in a blender.Keep adding the almond milk or any milk of your choice, until you reach the desired consistency.
Pour into glass, top it with desired toppings and enjoy a glass full of healthy pumpkin smoothie.