5 Reasons to Eat More Pumpkin

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll already know that I adore pumpkin.

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Not just pumpkin pie (although it, along with pumpkin cheesecake, is one of my favourite desserts, especially with a drizzle of dark chocolate ganache…). Pumpkin quick breads and soups and curries and oats (try my recipe for Pumpkin Protein Oatmeal bars).

They also make a great backdrop for a family photo shoot…

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5 reasons to eat more pumpkin

  • Unlike many other starchy carbohydrates, pumpkin is low in calories (26 per 100 g; that’s about 1 cup of cooked, 1-inch cubes), has a small glycemic load (GL = 3) and and rich in dietary fibre (5 g per 100 g). That means that it’ll satiate you, keep you feeling fuller longer and provide fuel for your workouts without significantly elevating your blood sugars and triggering an insulin response. Try some in your pre-workout morning oats.
  • It’s full of Vitamin A, a powerful, all natural source of antioxidants important for maintenance of the integrity of skin membranes and vision. Just 100 g of pumpkin contains a little more than 7,300 mg of Vitamin A; well over 200% of your recommended daily allowance.
  • The seeds are naturally rich in phytosterols, plant-based chemicals which have been shown to improve heart health by reducing LDL cholesterol. They’re also an excellent source of the amino acid tryptophan, which converts to GABA (a calming, feel-good hormone) in the brain.
  • With 546 mg of potassium per cup (as compared to a banana’s 422 mg), pumpkin is a great post-workout electrolyte replenisher. Potassium helps restore the body’s balance of electrolytes after a tough workout and keeps muscles functioning optimally. Swap pumpkin for banana in your mid-day smoothie to up your potassium intake without elevating your blood sugars.
  • The key nutrient that boosts pumpkin to the top of the SuperFoods list is the synergistic combination of carotenoids. Carotenoids have been shown to decrease the risk of various cancers, including those of the lung, colon, bladder, cervical, breast, and skin. Just a half-cup serving of pumpkin provides more than 100% of your RDA’s for both beta- and alpha-carotene.

Now that you know WHY you should eat more pumpkin, head on over to my Pumpkin Pinterest Board for some tasty ideas you can whip up TODAY.

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Do you have a favourite pumpkin recipe to share? Leave your link in the comments section below!

Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian readers. Are you having pumpkin pie for dessert today?

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Comments

  1. Those are so any great reasons! I’ve never been a huge pumpkin fan but I love that it’s so good for me!!

  2. Pumpkin Pie Blizzard…..YUM!
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  3. AHHH I am just not a fan.
    but I LOVE to WEAR the color 🙂
    theres that?
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  4. Baked pumpkin stuffed with Bison. Just sayin’…
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  5. I love pumpkin but rarely cook it. I’ll try to change that up this fall 🙂
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  6. Not that I needed more reasons to eat pumpkin! 🙂 thanks for the info!
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  7. LOVE this time of year!! I am not a fan of it plain but it mixed in all these amazing recipes – YUM!!!!!!!
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  8. Well you convinced me! I will definitely going to try some of your pumpkin recipes
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    • Hooray! And I’m gonna definitely try your crock pot beef and sweet potato stew (I already have a roast out thawing for tomorrow’s dinner!)

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