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The various benefits of Pumpkin
LA Muscle Nutrition Pumpkin
Pumpkins are known for their distinctive bright colour and shape. They are a great source of potassium, magnesium and an excellent source of that all-important antioxidant beta-carotene.
- It is one of the very low calorie vegetables. 100 g fruit provides just 26 calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; however, it is rich in dietary fibre, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. The vegetable is one of the food items recommended by dieticians in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.
- Pumpkin contains many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E.
- With 7384 mg per 100 g, it is one of the vegetables featuring highest levels of vitamin-A, providing about 246% of RDA (recommended daily allowance) .
- Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucus membranes. It is also an essential vitamin for good visual sight. Research studies suggest that natural foods rich in vitamin A help a body protects against lung and oral cavity cancers.
- A good source of B-complex group of vitamins like folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid.
- It is also rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
- Pumpkins are an excellent source of dietary fibre and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which are good for heart health.
Contains: Fat 0g, Saturated Fat 0g, Carbohydrate 6g, Protein 1g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Sodium 1mg, Vitamin A, Vitamin C 6 mg, Potassium 282mg.
Best Eaten: Baked, or added to a soup or stew.