Everyone is eating and drinking all of the pumpkin things lately, it is fall after all. (unintentional rhyme that I will now take all of the credit for) Yes, a sugary Starbucks drink is not the healthiest source of pumpkin goodness, but it turns out the pumpkin itself is quite healthy!
Don’t believe me? Alright, here are 5 benefits to eating pumpkin, from Healthline:
1. It could lower your risk of cancer. Pumpkin is high in carotenoids, which are compounds that can function as antioxidants. And that allows them to neutralize free radicals, which may protect you against certain cancers.
2. It might boost your immunity. Pumpkin is loaded with nutrients that can boost your immune system, like beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, and folate.
3. It could protect your eyesight. Pumpkin contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which have been linked to stronger eyesight as your body ages, and could lower your risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
4. It could help you lose weight. Pumpkin is packed with nutrients AND low in calories . . . we’re talking less than 50 calories per cup. And it’s got a bunch of fiber, which can help curb your appetite.
5. It might improve your heart health. Pumpkin’s got a lot of potassium, which has been linked to lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of strokes.
So you go on with your fall, and consume all of the pumpkin goodness you want! It’s ‘good for you.’