The pumpkin is in the spotlight for halloween party, but don’t hesitate to put it on the menu longer. Its flesh and seeds are ideally tasted during all the months of autumn and winter. This cucurbits belongs to the big family of squash. Botanically speaking, it is a fruit, not a vegetable as it is commonly thought.
You can incorporate the pumpkin, after having grilled it in the oven, in your pasta, your risotto, or you can offer it as a side dish with meat. Not only will you be enjoying yourself, but you will be good for your health.
To strengthen your immune system
Consuming pumpkin is a good source of antioxidant nutrients such as alpha-carotene and beta-carotene (vitamin A), known for their benefits on certain functions of the immune system. Protecting yourself from fall viruses also requires good nutrition.
To stay in shape
- The pumpkin seeds, grilled or plain, are rich in magnesium, iron and unsaturated fatty acids. Chewable for one light snack or add to salads, morning cereals or soups, two great ways to keep you healthy and fit.
- About the pumpkin flesh, rich in fiber, it is deconstipating, and very digestible. Low in calories, it contains 91.6 g of water per 100 g of raw pumpkin (source: Ciqual table nutritional composition of foods). It is a food recommended as part of a balanced diet.
For blood pressure
The high amount of potassium in pumpkin (340 mg of potassium per 100 g of raw pumpkin) helps maintain good blood pressure. The seeds are also recognized for their properties that reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
For the health of the whole body
Some of the nutrients in pumpkin support good liver, bladder, and prostate, and eye health. This anti-inflammatory food would calm the digestive and urinary tract. Its rate phosphorus is believed to play an important role in healthy bones and teeth.
Enjoy your lunch !
All bitter gourd should not be consumed. It contains cucurbitacins, irritants, which can quickly cause digestive pain, nausea, after ingestion, etc. (warning from the Food Safety Agency, ANSES, October 2019).