Pumpkins are a topical and irreplaceable part of the fall holidays such as Halloween and Thanksgiving. But of course, they are great for consumption during the whole year. So if you tend to use pumpkin more often in the kitchen, and want to use only high grade, GMO-free, pesticide-free, herbicide-free, BPA-free and safe-for eating squash, this canned organic pumpkin by Farmer’s Market won’t disappoint your high expectations! So the only thing left for you to do, is take advantage of this premium product, and prepare some exquisite pumpkin pies, baked pumpkin with honey and walnuts, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin risotto, halawa yaqtin (a sweet delicacy popular in the Middle East), kadu ka halwa (a dish popular in India and other South Asian countries), pumpkin pastry, steamed pumpkin with custard, and many other tasty recipes.
Health benefits of pumpkin
- Along with the wonderful lightly sweet taste of pumpkin, you can profit from its health-promoting nutrients. A cup of cooked mashed pumpkin delivers at least 200% of the recommended daily value for vitamin A. According to the National Institutes of Health, the vitamin favors the eye health, especially in dim light.
- The bright orange color of pumpkins is due to their rich carotene content, especially beta-carotene, which our bodies turn into vitamin A for extra peeper protection.
- Pumpkin is a decent fiber source, as a cup of pumpkin contains 3g of dietary fiber and barely 49 calories, thus keeping you satiated and promoting weight-loss.
- When we talk about cancer-preventive foods, pumpkin is worth including in your diet, because of the beta-carotene’s antioxidant character (according to the National Cancer Institute).
- The same free-radical-neutralizing properties of pumpkin carotenoids may help you keep your skin smooth and avoid wrinkles.
- Pumpkin is a great post-workout food. The reason for that is because it is an excellent potassium source, and potassium helps restore your body’s lost electrolytes after a training session, thus helping restore the muscles.
- To boot, pumpkins are a great source of vitamin C. A cooked cup of pumpkin provides more than 11mg vitamin C, which equals to almost 20% of the recommended daily intake of the 60mg that is recommended for women (men should consume around 75mg). Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant and wards off colds.
Watch the interview on CNN with the nutritionist Mark Macdonald, as he talks about the health benefits of eating pumpkin