'Tis the season! Even in our normally temperate So-Cal environment, Fall is in the air. And right around this time, grocery stores are piling up the pumpkins for our holiday needs. Somehow over the years, it seems that the wonderful pumpkin has become rather more of a decorative item than food. Even pumpkin pie is mostly made with seasoned and pureed pumpkin from a can. Which is why I thought this is the perfect time of year to extol some praises for our forgotten friend. You may be surprised to find the wonders that the good old pumpkin has in store.
1) Weight Loss!
Pumpkin is filled with vitamins and nutrients. But best of all, in each cup of cooked pumpkin, there are seven grams of Fiber! That's almost a third of your daily Fiber requirements! Eating foods that are high in fiber not only helps you with digestive regularity, it gives you the sensation of being fuller for longer. Furthermore, each cup of cooked pumpkin has only 30 calories! This makes the pumpkin an excellent addition to your diet.