5 Reasons Why Pumpkins are Autumn’s Superfood
Whether you carve them into jack-o-lanterns at Halloween or enjoy a piece pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, there’s probably not an autumn that goes by where you don’t consume at least some pumpkin goodies.
But did you ever realize that pumpkins are a superfood?
It’s true, and here are some reasons why:
- Native Americans used pumpkin for medicinal benefits, believing it treated everything from snakebites to freckles.
- Pumpkins are dense in nutrients that promote good eye, bone, and digestion health.
- A cup of pumpkin purée has 245 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin A, which can help with cognitive functions.
- Compared to carrots, pumpkins are rich in fiber and omega-3.
- Pumpkin seeds can help raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol.
To get the best pumpkin possible, go for one with a green stem, which indicates freshness. Don’t pick the pumpkin up by the stem, however, as this can break off and leave a hole in the gourd.
As with most fruits and vegetables, a good pumpkin will have a consistent color throughout. Be sure your pumpkin is firm and avoid ones with even a small soft spot.
With all they have to offer, don’t just carve pumpkins – eat them too!