Is Pumpkin Good For You?
The iconic vegetable gets attention on halloween, but on other days of the year it can also get its time to shine in delicious culinary creations. So is it good for you? Read on for the nutritional lowdown.
What is pumpkin?
Pumpkin is an annual vegetable from the squash family, known for being the big, round orange decoration used around halloween. It is wholly edible once cooked, as the skin, flesh and the seeds can be eaten (though the stringy bits inside need to be removed). Pumpkin is in season from September to December.
Does pumpkin have nutritional value?
Yes, pumpkin does have a really great nutritional profile. It is:
- Rich in potassium, and also contains other key minerals such as calcium, and magnesium
- Great source of beta-carotene, which gives pumpkin it’s orange colour, and converts to vitamin A
- Also a source of other key vitamins such as vitamin E, C and some B vitamins
Is pumpkin good for you?
Yes, pumpkin is actually a really good vegetable to incorporate into your diet. Vitamin A is important for a healthy immune system, and the antioxidant properties may help prevent illnesses. It also contains a good range of vitamins that can help prevent metabolic syndrome and the risk of coronary heart disease.
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By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.