Eat your Halloween pumpkin!

Millions of pumpkins are just thrown out the day after Halloween, which is not so bad if you leave them out to be “recycled” by the various creatures that enjoy them, such squirrels, bunnies raccoons, deer, and birds, but a real shame if they are just tossed like used decorations in garbage cans. Rather than let a cut pumpkin rot on the porch after October 31st, save it for eating later as this is a vegetable is has many nutritional benefits for humans too.

The Five Top Health Benefits of Eating Pumpkin

Pumpkin is more than just a scary face. The sweet flesh inside has all kinds of health benefits.

1.    The high potassium levels in pumpkins elevate feelings of wellness and vigor allowing you to recover from exercise, stay alert for hours and experience less general fatigue.
2.    If you want to feel cheery, eat more pumpkins. Pumpkins contain tryptophan, the same amino acid that is in turkey, responsible for generating the mood-enhancing chemical serotonin. After eating pumpkin you may feel happier, satiated and calm.
3.    Pumpin is a natural source of nutrients that strengthen your immune system including Vitamin C, folic acid, manganese, and zinc.  It is also an excellent source of Vitamin A and riboflavin, which help the body fight off inflammation and infection.
4.    Pumpkins contain phytoestrogen, which helps to relieve high blood pressure and pumpkin seed oil helps to balance the production of hormones. You can buy pumpkin seed oil in most health food stores.
5.    Pumpkin seeds are a great source of fiber and phytosterols that help reduce “bad” cholesterol and improve the function of your bowels.

Ways to Get More Pumpkin Into Your Diet

Pumpkin is, in essence, a squash so you can serve it in similar ways – roasted with olive oil, mashed like potatoes or broiled with maple syrup. Pumpkin also goes well with goat cheese and pasta, layered with spinach in a bechamel-based lasagna and cold and in any spicy Carribean, Asian or Indian stew. You can also roast the chunks, salt them and add them to a salad with dried cranberries and wilted greens.

Pumpkin seeds can be excavated from the pumpkin, salted and roasted under the broiler to create a nutritious snack.

Aside from being a mainstay in savory snacks and dishes, pumpkin can also be used to create cookies, cakes, breads, and smoothies, as well as that traditional holiday mainstay, pumpkin pie.

Would you like to lose weight improve your immunity and boost your general health in a safe and natural way? If so, feel free to contact us at the Pinewood Natural Healthcare website at http://www.pinewoodhealth.ca, or you can call our Toronto Office a (416) 656-8100. We offer many types of naturopathic weight loss care. We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at 905 427-0057. You can also email us at info@pinewoodhealth.ca and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services.

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