Our body needs a healthy diet and regular exercise to keep healthy. Generally, we give less attention while eating and neglect that food (fruits/cereals/vegetables, etc.) which are enriched with nutrients. Why I am saying this because unawareness and changing lifestyle we usually skip taking such affordable and healthier fruit (botanically defined) but in India, it is used as a Vegetable. The health benefits of Pumpkin is amazing. Pumpkin is highly enriched with multiple vitamins, minerals, proteins, and amino acids. It is a rich source of Protein, Fiber, Carbohydrates, Vitamin A, Beta-Carotene, and Potassium.
Pumpkin belongs to ‘Cucurbitace’ family is majorly grown in India during Kharif season (Monsoon season) and also in Summer throughout India.
India is the second-largest producer after China and it is mainly eaten in our villages as well as in urban areas. In India, Pumpkin is harvested almost in every state and produce large numbers of different types of Pumpkins. In Indian terminology, we called it ‘Sitaphal & Kaddu’. The delicious South Indian food ‘Sambhar’ is incomplete without Pumpkin. In rural areas, people use to prepare different types of vegetables, curry, and sweet chutney. Indians also consume their leaves and flowers cooked with spices. It is broadly cultivated in North America.
This Orange color fruit is used to make soups, salads, smoothies, and more. Pumpkin calories and health benefits are widely known due to its nutritional benefits and are consumed throughout the year. The major producer of Pumpkin includes China, Mexico, Ukraine, and Egypt apart from India and North America.
Do you know it is called ZERO fat fruit? Not yet…then go through below mentioned details.
Pumpkin contains ZERO Fat (Saturated Fat, Polyunsaturated Fat, Monounsaturated Fat, and ZERO Cholesterol. What an amazing fruit! If we are not eating it, we are surely neglecting our HEART. Many researchers and doctors have found that Pumpkin’s health benefit is awesome because it is highly enriched with potassium and fiber lowers high blood pressure and maintain the sodium in our body. Pumpkin is also high in antioxidants, which greatly helps in lowering ‘Bad Cholesterol’ i.e. LDL. It protects from oxidizing. If it gets oxidize the LDL clump on the blood vessels and the flow of blood gets restricted and causing heart disease.
Pumpkin – Nutritional Facts
Pumpkin is God’s ultimate gift for human health. Why I am giving much importance to this healthier fruit due to its amazing health benefits because it has low glycemic properties where nutritional experts recommend it that it has a good impact on blood sugar. Due to the low glycemic load, it is highly recommended for sugar patients.
Vitamins in Pumpkin
Pumpkin is fully loaded with Vitamin A and C which is very good for the overall benefit for health. It is also optimally enriched with other vitamins like Folate, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, and Thiamin which is an equally important health and helps in the digestion of food and nourishes the body.
Minerals in Pumpkin
Pumpkin is delicious, highly digestible, and fibrous food which is very much recommended for overall health and development. In western countries, doctors recommend it a healthy diet for growing children. The nutrition loaded vitamins and minerals are very much needed for tissue growth and overall development.
Protein & Amino Acids
Pumpkin is also enriched with protein and micronutrients. An average dose of protein can be obtained in a cup of pumpkin but if we want to take more than then we must go for canned pumpkin in form of smoothies to enjoy the flavor and to boost the protein intake.
The Health benefits of pumpkin are numerous. Pumpkin’s leaves contain highly essential vitamins like A and C. These help in improving eyesight, skin, and hair. Vitamin C helps in removing scars and wounds and also helps in maintaining bone density and teeth.
Pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene, a natural pigment that makes orange color or light yellow color. Beta-carotene helps to maintain healthy skin, vision, and heals mouth ulcer,s and also corrects itching problem.
If we keep eating Pumpkin regularly and add to our regular diet then we can maintain our blood pressure, keep our heart in a healthy condition. It nourishes our skin and removes scars and wounds slowly to make our skin shiny and silky.
The roasted pumpkin seeds are also very good for health and it can be taken in the form of snacks during tea time or whenever you feel hungry. It gives energy and improves your eating habits.