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Pumpkins, like other richlycoloured yellow and orange plants, are an excellent source of carotenes. These beneficial compounds play a crucial role in maintaining healthy vision, youthful skin and proper neurological function.
Pumpkin seeds are rich in tryptophan, an amino acid used by the body to make serotonin and melatonin. As a result, these tasty seeds can help you sleep better, alleviate headaches, improve your mood and help you to relax and unwind.
Cozy nights by the fire, more family time and who could forget, pumpkin spiced lattes. As always, nature provides us with just what we need; and pumpkins are the perfect food for the season. Warming, comforting and packed with dietary fibre, they’re just the thing to help you get rid of the extra few pounds you may have collected this summer. V I S TA M A G A Z I N E I S S U E N O . 1 1 4
Plus they’re made up of ninety percent water, making them low in calories, hydrating and best of all, great for your heart. A study done at Harvard with over 40,000 males found those who ate a diet high in fibre had a 40% lower risk of coronary heart disease, compared to those that ate low-fibre diets. And the same is true for women. A recent study done in Sweden found that women who ate a high-fibre diet had a 25% lower risk of heart
disease compared to women who ate a diet low in fibre. With over 45 different varieties of pumpkins, why not try to mix it up this fall? Add pumpkin chunks to your roasted vegetables, sprinkle pumpkin seeds over salads or in baked goods, try the perfect pasta replacement with spaghetti squash, or even add pumpkin puree to your breakfast smoothies and oatmeal. Orange you glad it’s finally pumpkin season? d P HO T O © N A M FO N W I TTAYAKO M
Published on Sep 1, 2017