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Mother never bought a pumpkin for Halloween. It was too much trouble to do any carving or digging out the pumpkin seeds to roast or using its flesh for anything. Of course, Mother bought pumpkin pie when it was on sale.
I’m just like Mother. I don’t have the time to deal with pumpkin projects, whether it is for cooking or decoration. However, I’ve always admired those individuals that do!
The nutritional value of pumpkin is quite awesome for it contains alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, which are pro-vitamin A carotenoids making it easy for one’s body to convert them into vitamin A. Vitamin A promotes healthy vision and ensures proper immune function. The beta-carotene in pumpkin may also reverse skin damage caused by the sun and act as an anti-inflammatory. Alpha-carotene is thought to slow the aging process and also reduce the risk of developing cataracts and prevent tumor growth. Carotenoids also boost immunity and lessen the risk of heart disease.
Pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber; one-half cup serving contains 5 grams of fiber. Fiber helps reduce bad cholesterol levels, protect the body against heart disease, control blood sugar levels, promote healthy digestion, and plays a role in weight loss.
The vitamin C in pumpkin boosts immunity, reduces the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, and regulates cholesterol levels. Pumpkin is also a good source of vitamin E which promotes healthy skin by protecting the body from sun damage and may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease and certain cancers.
The potassium found in pumpkin aids in balancing fluid levels in the body, promotes strong bones, is necessary for energy production, and helps to control blood pressure. Pumpkin is also rich in magnesium, which aids the body in hundreds of functions, including promoting a healthy immune system, contributing to bone strength, and normalizing heart function. Pantothenic acid, or vitamin B5 is also found in pumpkin. Vitamin B5 helps to balance hormone levels and manage stress.
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