Fall is here, and so are bright orange pumpkins! Did you know that they are full of nutritional value? Here’s a list of health benefits to fill your pumpkin cravings.
Pumpkins are packed full in fiber which slows digestion and aids in weight loss. The fiber in 1 cup of pumpkin is double the fiber in 2 slices of whole-grain bread! The fiber in pumpkin leaves you feeling fuller longer. Pumpkin is also very low in calories because it is nearly 90% water, and it tops the list of one of the most filling foods for weight loss!
Rich in vitamin A, pumpkin fights illness and boosts your immune system! Pumpkin also contains 20% of the daily recommended dose of Vitamin C which helps you recover from colds faster.
Pumpkin contains beta-carotene which helps protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays which cause wrinkles. A lot of face masks contain pumpkin for its natural exfoliant.
Lowers Cancer Risk
Beta-carotene is also good for lowering your risk of some types of cancer. Pumpkin’s vitamin A and C are both antioxidants that shield your cells against cancer-causing free radicals.
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