Ingredient Spotlight: Pumpkin! Posted on 04 Oct 17:52 , 0 comments
Fall means pumpkin everything - pumpkins everywhere! While these gourds fill the stores and your home decor, there are a cornucopia of reasons they should also be filling your plate this season!
Pumpkin is packed with antioxidants! First and foremost is the antioxidant Beta-carotene, which is converted in our bodies into vitamin A. A diet rich in beta-carotene has been shown to have cancer risk reducing benefits, as well as helping to alleviate inflammation related conditions such as asthma and heart disease. Pumpkin is especially beneficial for our hearts, as it contains high amounts of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C along with vitamin A.
Along with vitamin A, pumpkin also contains high amounts of antioxidant such as vitamin C and E. The three are widely known for being essential for maintaining skin and eye health.
The fiber found in pumpkin is of great benefit as well. Most people do not reach the recommended fiber intake of 25-30 grams per day. An unfortunate fact since fiber is essential for regulation of bowel movements, intestinal health, blood sugar regulation, and optimal digestion.
While pumpkin on its own is a notably incredible plant food, combine it with the nuts, seeds, and healing spices in our Pumpkin Pecan POWER bites and you will surely be unstoppable! Grab a bag today to start enjoying the tastes and health benefits of the fall essential: Pumpkin!
Addie Dulaney Majnaric, RDN graduate of West Virginia University, where she received her dual Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Human Nutrition and Foods and minor in Strength & Conditioning. Addie recently finished her supervised practice rotations, and passed her licensure exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She is very excited to begin helping people reach their happiest and healthiest selves through a vegan diet!