Usually associated with the Autumn and Halloween, pumpkins are very nutritious. They’re also very versatile and can be used in many dishes including soups, salads, desserts, preserves and even as a butter substitute.
Pumpkins are very nutrient dense but also low in calories making them a great choice for anyone looking to lose weight but not neglect nutrition as they provide beneficial nutrients, keep us full but don’t contain many calories. Health wise, pumpkins are high in potassium and can help in lowering high blood pressure.
They’re also high in antioxidants which help the body fight off free radicals and may help to prevent degenerative diseases. Pumpkins are rich in beta-carotene and can reduce the risk of certain cancers, protect against asthma and can combat heart disease when consumed as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
These squashes are best when they’re consumed in their natural form instead of in canned pumpkin pie mix which is high in sugar and preservatives. Pumpkins will last for up to two months when stored in a cool, dark place.