honest, much as I love pumpkins ó the word, the color, the
shape, the smell ó sometimes Iím a bit pumpkined-out long
because the world turns into an everything-pumpkin feast of
foods that were probably as shocked to be hitched up with this
innocent fruit (last I heard) as it was with them. Pasta!
Pancake mix! Popcorn! Oatmeal! Chips! And thatís not even
counting ye olde Pumpkin Spice Latte.
to say that despite this, despite the orange-colored tinge in
the grocery-store air, I am not giving up on pumpkin. Thatís
because, in its purest form, it really and truly is good for
you. Such is the word from Sharon Cox, registered dietitian at
Parkland Health & Hospital System, who shares these six
good for your heart. People with high-fiber diets have lower
risk of heart disease than those with low-fiber diets. And
guess what pumpkin has? Fiber! One cup has three grams. Not
bad for 50 calories.
you see better. A cup of pumpkin contains almost twice the
recommended daily intake of good vision-promoting Vitamin A,
which also slows the decline of retinal function.
boosts weight loss. The fiber mentioned early helps keep you
feeling full longer. That goes for the seeds, too; one ounce
of those has five grams of dietary fiber, plus five of
help you sleep better. Those seeds are rich in tryptophan, an
amino acid that may aid relaxation and sleep. Added bonus:
Tryptophan may help your body make serontin, which is a
help fight off certain cancers. Yes, thatís because of those
pumpkin seeds again; specifically the plant sterols they
which leads to Ö
promote longer life. Thank you, alpha- and beta-carotene,
nutrients that have been associated with longevity AND cancer
again a reminder: You wonít get these benefits eating 100
Parkland registered dietitian diabetes education coordinator
Katherine Nashatker: "I would encourage pumpkin eaters to
enjoy pumpkin in low-fat, low-sugar ways like roasting or
steaming the vegetable, boiling and mashing it, as opposed to
choosing high calorie, high sugar processed pumpkin products
such as lattes, pies and casseroles."