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4 reasons to eat pumpkin today

Wellbeing / posted 2 years ago / Jayne Cherrington-Cook

4 reasons to eat pumpkin today

Instead of carving a Halloween lantern out of a pumpkin this year, why not eat it instead?

Whether you choose to make pumpkin pie or something more unusual like curried pumpkin, eating this traditional Halloween fare is actually really good for your body – and your PMS symptoms.

1. It’s great for busting colds

Pumpkin contains high levels of Vitamin C, which can help reduce the symptoms and length of a cold. It’s also a good source of beta carotene, which enhances your immunity, making it harder for bacteria to enter into your bloodstream. Try some pumpkin soup for the ultimate comforter when the sniffles hit.

2. It’s a filling low-calorie treat

A hundred grams of pumpkin contains only 26 calories plus it’s packed with fibre, which helps fill you up. However, if you’re on a diet, we don’t recommend you stuff your face with pumpkin pie! Instead why not try making your favourite dishes with pumpkin? We love pumpkin chilli and pumpkin lasagne.

3. It can help your PMS symptoms

Potassium is an essential mineral we need to keep our hearts and muscles working at their optimal levels. Low potassium levels may also lead to menstrual cramps and other PMS symptoms, so increasing your potassium intake can help reduce symptoms. One cup of pumpkin has around 550 mg of potassium, making it one of the best natural sources of this mineral.
Don’t overlook the seeds either! Pumpkin seeds are also great for managing PMS symptoms. They’re a good source of magnesium, which can help make you feel less irritable and also reduce water retention.

4. It makes you look younger

As an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food, pumpkins are great for making your skin look plumper and younger! They also contain carotenoids – this is what gives them their vibrant colour. These are thought to help protect the skin against ageing, plus they also help your body stay younger by keeping your heart healthy and happy.

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