There is much more to pumpkin than a cool Halloween lantern. Pumpkin is delicious. And wholesome! We have some killer arguments for enjoying lots of pumpkin this autumn.
Good for your eyesight
Pumpkin is packed with vitamin A, which is good for your vision. It is especially good for slowing down ageing in your eyes.
Good for your figure
Pumpkin contains few calories and lots of fibre, so it’s an excellent diet food. It gives you a feeling of being full for a long time, but contains very few calories. Grilled pumpkin in a salad? Great idea!
Good for your heart
Pumpkin seeds contain substances that lower your bad cholesterol. Toasted pumpkin seeds are also tasty as a snack.
Lower your cancer risk
Pumpkins contain a lot of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that helps our body in the fight against cancer. Beta-carotene is said to combat the development of prostate and intestinal cancer.
Good for your skin
Beta-carotene produces flawless, smooth skin. It produces a nice complexion, and gives your skin more protection from oversensitivity due to sun exposure. It is also said to help against dry skin and eczema.
Boost your mood
Pumpkin seeds contain tryptophan, a substance that helps your body synthesise serotonin, which contributes to a feeling of wellbeing.
Fast-track recovery after exercise
Cooked pumpkin contains a lot of potassium, a substance that brings your electrolytes back into balance after exercise and has a positive impact on your blood pressure.
Boost your immune system
Pumpkins also contain a lot of vitamin C, which helps keep your immune system in good shape. So a regular bowl of pumpkin soup not only warms you up and provides nutrition, it also helps you stay healthy through the autumn and winter.