Halloween is upon us. Boo. Halloween means people inviting me to haunted houses I’d never go inside of and lots of candy I refuse to eat. I am essentially a Halloween Scrooge. I mean, why would I walk in some janky house and have people in costumes jump out and frighten me? And I find candy to be gross. Don’t get me wrong, I love deserts, just not candy. And unless the old folks start handing out cheesecakes when trick or treat up in the neighborhood, I am pretty much not interested. But, that doesn’t mean I hate every aspect of Halloween. I enjoy fun parties. I like horror flicks. And I love the benefits of pumpkin. And when this time of year comes around, that means more pumpkin for everyone.
The benefits of pumpkin are so powerful, a part of me wants to call the pumpkin a superfood. So is pumpkin a superfood? Technically, no. But then again, there truly is no technical definition of what is or isn’t classified as a superfood. So maybe that said, the powerful benefits of the pumpkin warrant a higher level of classification.
Let’s get off of labels and classifications for a moment and focus on why I love pumpkins. First, I love the taste. I love pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin puree. My dog eats pumpkin when he has an upset stomach because he ate a portion of my sofa. But the inner-working of pumpkin is truly where its greatest blessing is held. Pumpkins are stacked with glorious nutrients that can help to elevate our health. I think pumpkin would go nicely with any of our top superfood green drinks.
The Benefits Of Pumpkin
There are a great many health benefits received from eating pumpkin. A pumpkin can, in fact, help to remove the ‘scary’ from your health (see what I did there?).
Pumpkins Improve Vision
Pumpkins are renowned for their ability to help a person maintain healthy eyesight. This is because the pumpkin contains twice the vitamin A recommended daily. Vitamin A tends to help vision thrive, particularly in lower light settings. Additionally, pumpkins, much like carrots, contain a load of carotenoids. This is what makes carrots and pumpkins orange, it also converts into vitamin A. You see….Pumpkins are good for your vision.
Pumpkin Seeds And Heart Health
Pumpkin seeds are an amazing source of fiber, as well as an amazing source of omega 3 fatty acid. Yep, cheaper than fish, pumpkin seeds can help reduce inflammation and improve heart health, all the while causing you to feel full. You can grab pumpkin seeds at most grocery stores. They taste good and they are a perfect snack to curb a naughty appetite that a ghoul might have while trying to score some candy from the neighborhood.
Pumpkins Might Reduce Cancer
Cancer is a devastating disease that affects millions of people around the world on a daily basis. The cure, as fortune would have it, is in prevention. And prevention comes from eating a healthy diet and avoiding processed junk foods. The antioxidant beta-carotene is known to possibly reduce cancer risks, at least according to a fact sheet on cancer.gov. There is truly no downside to consistently eating foods that may help you defend yourself against degenerative disease.
Pumpkins Are Good For Skin
Those same carotenoids, which are antioxidants, do a good job at fighting off free radicals that tend to wreak havoc on skin. Want healthy, glowing skin? Eat your pumpkin as much as possible. There is no excuse anymore, considering that pumpkin is available in almost every grocery store this time of year!
Pumpkin Make You Happy
Pumpkins contain the amino acid tryptophan, which is known to make you feel tired. Um, not the total story, though. The amino acid tryptophan is also a precursor to serotonin, which tends to improve your mood. You can get these benefits by eating pumpkin seeds, as well.
Pumpkins Help Immunity
Winter is near, which means your kids are going to start back to school and be exposed to lots of nefarious germs. They are going to be sick. But what if pumpkin could help them be sick a little less? Well, it can, and that’s due to pumpkin containing a decent amount of vitamin C. And I think we all know that vitamin C is great for the immune system. Cooked pumpkin contains almost a quarter the recommended amount of vitamin C. How amazing is that?
How To Protect Your Pumpkin
If you do buy a pumpkin this year, just eat it. If you set it outside as decor, you risk the bad kids in the neighborhood coming around and smashing it. Don’t allow your superfood pumpkin any opportunity to be exposed to such nefarious intentions! Remember, pumpkins can improve your health, they are by far not just some Halloween decor. And they certainly aren’t just for carving or smashing around.
How To Carve A Pumpkin
Ok, ok, I was a bit drab in this article, so maybe I should lighten up and let the kids have some fun. How much could it hurt? Well, I still plan to eat what’s carved out!