Pumpkin is not only an iconic symbol and taste of Fall, but a low-calorie fruit that yields multiple health benefits. Yup, a fruit! When incorporating actual pumpkin in your diet (not just the flavoring) you will experience the following benefits:

  • Eye Health: 1 cup of mashed pumpkin contains more than 200% RDI of vitamin A, supporting vision.

  • Fiber: Every cup of pumpkin yields 3g of fiber, leaving you fuller longer.

  • Helps Reduce Cholesterol: Pumpkin seeds are rich in phytosterols, known to reduce LDL, ‘bad’, cholesterol. Seeds are also a great source of protein, minerals, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids.

  • Antioxidant: Vitamin A, which converts to beta-carotene, is a well-known antioxidant. Studies suggest that vitamin A may protect your body against certain cancers.

  • Skin Health: Our bodies require vitamin A for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucus membranes.

  • Mood Booster: Rich in the amino acid tryptophan, which is important for the production of serotonin, pumpkin may support your mood.

  • Muscle Recovery: 1 cup of cooked pumpkin has more potassium than a banana, supporting the refueling of electrolytes and muscles.

  • Immunity: A great source of vitamin C, with 1 cup cooked pumpkin containing approximately 15-20% of our recommended daily needs.

  • B-Vitamins: A good source of folate, niacin, B-6, thiamine and pantothenic acid.