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Health Benefits of Growing and Eating Pumpkins

Posted by Melanie Daniels

Pumpkins have been mistaken for vegetables for a very long time. Many people still believe that it is a vegetable and not a fruit (which it actually is). That’s because it’s nutritional value is more related to vegetables than it is to fruits.

Growing pumpkins can be a very fantastic thing to do because the health benefits it offers are just too numerous to mention. In this article, we’re going to consider some of them. Follow me through this article, and you just might start your small pumpkin farm right away.

Benefits

Below are the benefits that pumpkin offers you:

1. High nutritional value

Pumpkins are rich in a lot of essential vitamins and minerals. To start with, 245 grams of pumpkin contains 245% of vitamin A. That’s not all; it also contains the following:

●  2 grams of protein

●  12 grams of carb

●  3 grams of fiber

●  11% of vitamin B2

●  11% of manganese

●  11% of copper

●  10% of vitamin E

●  16% of potassium

●  19% of vitamin C

●  8% of iron

●  49 calories

●  0.2 grams of fat.

Nothing beats this. You’ll hardly see any fruit that has all of these nutritional values at once.

2. May protect your eyesight

Vitamin C is known for its incredible benefits. One of them being that it helps with your eyesight. Pumpkin is rich in lutein and zeaxanthin that have been linked with their effectiveness in reducing your risk of getting age-related cataracts. It’s better to start eating pumpkins at a young age.

3. High antioxidant content

Oxidative stress can result in chronic illnesses such as cancer and heart diseases. However, eating pumpkins can significantly reduce your risk of getting these chronic diseases with its potent antioxidant ability. Some of the antioxidant content of pumpkins include alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin. They stop your body’s free radicals from damaging your cells.

4. Low-calorie count

Pumpkins can help you achieve a fair amount of weight loss with its very low-calorie count. Even though it is packed with all those nutrients, it still minimizes your calorie intake. One full cup of pumpkin is below 50 calories.

5. Rich in Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber

Pumpkins contain nutrients such as vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, which are linked with promoting a healthy heart. People who take enough potassium are significantly less likely to develop stroke and high blood pressure.

6. They help your skin

They say that the skin is the first point of attraction; therefore, protect your skin as much as possible. A cup of pumpkin per day can leave you with radiant skin as it is rich in nutrients that nourish your skin. Vitamin E, for example, is known for its excellent protection against UV rays. In fact, Vitamin E is used in so many creams to help protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Eating pumpkins every day will protect your skin from the inside out and help you glow.

These are just a few of the very many benefits of pumpkins. You can even eat NOW Foods Raw Pumpkin Seeds as a snack. Start growing pumpkins in your backyard today.