Admit it, when you think about consuming pumpkin something, it's usually a delicious pumpkin spiced latte (aka PSL) or the traditional pumpkin pie, served after Thanksgiving dinner. But, did you know there are many health benefits to eating the tasty squash-like fruit? Personally, I love all things pumpkins, including candles, bread and yes, the infamous latte, but for those of you who don't, these 5 examples are reason enough to give it another try!
1. They’re high in fiber and low in calories. This is a good thing! With 3 grams of fiber and 50 calories per cup, pumpkin will help you feel full longer, curb cravings, keep your calories down, and maintain or lose weight.
2. They contain the antioxidant Beta-Carotene. Beta-carotene not only gives pumpkins their bright color, but it's an antioxidant that has a role in fighting cancer.
3. The seeds are healthy, too. Pumpkin seeds are high in vitamin A, vitamin B (including thiamine, riboflavin), vitamin C, vitamin K, niacin, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and protein. Need I say more?
4. They lower your bad cholesterol. There’s good and bad cholesterol. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is the bad stuff. A chemical called phytosterol lowers LDL levels. Pumpkin seeds have phytosterol. Translation: eat pumpkin seeds, lower your cholesterol.
5. They help you sleep and make you happy. Pumpkin seeds also contain tryptophan, which is needed to make serotonin. Serotonin not only makes you happy, but also helps make melatonin, which regulates your sleep and wake cycles. A solid night’s rest followed by a happy morning? Yes, please!