Pumpkin a ‘treat’ for your health
As well as being a fun and sometimes scary way to illuminate your home this Halloween, Pumpkins are delicious, rich in vital vitamins and minerals, they’re rich in potassium and beta-carotene (which converts to Vitamin A). It also includes calcium, magnesium, Vitamins E, C and some B vitamins, so before you're through the tasty flesh away and throw out the seeds, take a look at the 4 benefits listed below.
4 Benefits of Pumpkins
- Good for your heart - Pumpkin seeds are naturally rich in certain plant-based chemicals called phytosterols that have been shown in studies to reduce low-density lipoprotein also referred to as "bad" cholesterol.
- Great for your eyesight - One small cup of cooked pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A. VItamin aids vision.
- Helps with Weight loss - A fiber-rich diet is said to help people eat less, Pumpkin is a great source of fiber and can keep you feeling full for longer on fewer calories.
- Boosts Your Immune System - Pumpkins are packed with vitamin C, great for combating colds and boosting your immune system.
Fun Facts about Pumpkins:
Using Pumpkins as lanterns come from the Celts autumnal celebrations where they wanted to light their homes with good spirits, they would carve faces into vegetables and place a lantern into the hollowed vegetable.
It was only once immigrants arrived in America and saw the abundance of Pumpkins that they decided that pumpkins would be the best fruit for the festival.
Pumpkins are often referred to as a Vegetable, but technically they are a Fruit, ‘A pumpkin, from a botanist's perspective, is a fruit because it's a product of the seed-bearing structure of flowering plants. Vegetables, on the other hand, are the edible portion of plants such as leaves, stems, roots, bulbs, flowers, and tubers’ source
Pumpkins have been grown in North America for five thousand years and are indigenous to the western hemisphere.
If you have the space for it and want to grow your own, it’s best to plant Pumpkin seeds between the last week of May and the middle of June as they take between 90 and 120 days to grow and are picked in October when they are bright orange in color.
Pumpkin seeds can be saved to grow new pumpkins the following year, so hold onto them for 2018!
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