Do you still have your un-carved Halloween pumpkins on your front porch? If so, you’re not the only one! If you’re like a lot of folks, you don’t know what to do with that pretty, orange vegetable.
Just some food for thought: have you ever considered eating it?
There are many creative ways pumpkin can be incorporated into your diet, which includes soups, salads, preserves and, of course, desserts!
According to the USDA National Nutrient database, one cup of pumpkin, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt contains 49 calories, 1.76 grams of protein, 0.17 grams of fat, 0 grams of cholesterol and 12 grams of carbohydrate (including 2.7 grams of fiber and 5.1 grams of sugar).
Consuming just one cup of cooked, canned pumpkin provides the following:
- more than 100% of your daily needs for vitamin A
- 20% of the daily value for vitamin C
- 10% or more for vitamin E, riboflavin, potassium, copper and manganese
- 5% for thiamin, B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, niacin, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Eating a diet rich with a variety of fruits and vegetables has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. And studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods – such as pumpkin – decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, overall lower weight.
Now that you know all the amazing benefits of pumpkins, maybe next year you’ll get two – one to carve and one to eat!