Pumpkin is a nutritious plant food that supports heart and eye health, eye health, boosts immunity, and supplements dietary fiber. Some of the known unknown things are as follow
- Pumpkin is usually orange but sometimes be yellow, white green or red
- The name pumpkin comes from the Greek word’ Pepon’, meaning a large ‘melon’
- Pumpkin has thick shells which contain pulp and seeds.
- Scientifically speaking, pumpkins are a fruit (they contain seeds) but when it comes to cooking, they are often refer to as vegetables
- Pumpkins are usually Shaped like a sphere(ball)
- They vary in weight but an average sized pumpkin might weight around13 pounds(6 kilograms).
- They vary in weight but an average size pumpkin might weight around13 pounds(6 kilograms)
- Giant pumpkins can be grown for competitions, with some weighing over 1000 pounds (450 kilograms). In 2010 world record was 1010 pounds
- Over 1 billion pounds ( 450 million kgs ) of pumpkin are produced in the US every year.
- As a food, baked,roasted, pumpkin can be steamed or boiled
- Pumpkin soup is popular as are roasted pumpkin seeds
- Pumpkin pie is a sweet dessert that originates in North America and is traditionally eaten during harvest time and holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas
- Pumpkin is popular decorations during Halloween. A carved pumpkin illuminated by candles is known as a ‘jack-o-lantern, The tradition is believed to have come from Ireland, where they used to carve faces into turnips, beet, and other root vegetables as part of the Gaelic festival of Samhain.
- 100 grams of pumpkin produces around 26 calories of energy
Main benefits of pumpkin
- Pumpkin is high in vitamins and minerals while being low in calories. It’s also a great source of beta-carotene, a carotenoid that your body converts into vitamin A.
- Pumpkin contains the antioxidants alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, and many others, which may protect your cells against damage by free radicals.
- Pumpkin is high in vitamins A and C, which can help boost your immune system. Its supply of vitamin E, iron and folate may strengthen your immunity as well.
- Pumpkins’ high vitamin A, lutein, and zeaxanthin contents may protect your eyes against sight loss, which becomes more common with age.
- Pumpkin is packed with nutrients and yet has under 50 calories per cup (245 grams). This makes it a nutrient-dense food. It’s also a good source of fiber, which may suppress your appetite.
- Pumpkins contain carotenoids, which function as antioxidants. These compounds are linked to lower risks of stomach, throat, pancreas and breast cancers.
- Pumpkin is a good source of potassium, vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants, which have been linked to heart health benefits.
- Pumpkin is high in beta-carotene, which acts as a natural sunblock. It also contains vitamins C and E, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help keep your skin strong and healthy.
- Pumpkin, once sliced and cut, can be easily roasted, puréed into soup or baked into pies. Its seeds are also edible and highly nutritious.
· Who Shouldn’t Eat Pumpkin?
Pumpkin is very healthy and considered safe for most. However, some people may experience allergies after eating pumpkin. It’s also considered mildly diuretic, which means eating a lot of pumpkins may induce a “water pill”-like reaction, increasing the amount of water and salt your body expels through urine.T his effect may harm people taking certain medicines such as lithium. Diuretics can impair your body’s ability to remove lithium, causing serious side effects. Although pumpkin is healthy, many pumpkin-based junk foods — such as lattés, candies and pie fillings — are loaded with added sugar. They do not offer the same health benefits as consuming the fruit.