Pumpkins get a lot of attention for their health benefits, and for a good reason.
“Pumpkins provide a powerhouse of nutrition,” says Ashley Kim, RDN, a registered dietitian with Get Up & Go by Children’s Health℠ supported by Kohl’s Cares. “They’re packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber, and due to their sweet taste and texture, pumpkins are a great addition to any meal.”
Health benefits of pumpkin include:
1. Potassium – One of the most important minerals in the body, potassium is key in regulating blood pressure and protecting the body against strokes and heart disease. A diet rich in potassium can reduce blood pressure by removing excess sodium within the body.
2. Fiber-rich – Each cup of pumpkin provides 3 grams of fiber, which helps us feel fuller, longer. Having a fiber-rich meal not only keeps your energy up throughout the day but also supports digestive health and prevents constipation.
3. Vitamin A – Pumpkin contains a powerful antioxidant called beta-carotene that converts into vitamin A once ingested. A cup of pumpkin provides over 80% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A. Vitamin A helps prevent damage to the eyes and keeps our vision sharp.
Plus, don’t forget about the seeds! Learn more about their health benefits – and see three kid-friendly pumpkin recipes here.
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