• Prajwala Darog

Know Your Ingredients - PUMPKIN

Halloween is just around the corner and the first thing that comes to mind when we think of halloween are Pumpkins. On today's KYI, we are going to be talking about this amazing fall produce that is a way more than just a jack-o lantern.

FUN FACT: Did you know that Pumpkin is actually a fruit and not a vegetable? Makes sense right? It does have seeds on the inside.


Pumpkin is a type of winter squash that is native to North America but grows abundantly all around the world. Apart from it’s naturally delicious sweet taste, pumpkins are extremely nutritious and contain a lot of health benefits.


HEALTH BENEFITS OF PUMPKIN:


Check out the video for detailed explaination here

  • Pumpkins are loaded with vitamins and minerals and are a great source of Beta- carotene, a provitamin that your body converts to Vitamin A. This is not just great for eye health but can also help boost immunity and keep your reproductive system healthy.

  • They are loaded with fiber and are low in calories because they are made up of 94% water. So if you are trying to limit your calorie intake, you might want to consume pumpkin on regular basis.

  • Pumpkin is rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that gets converted into serotonin, which is ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter that helps you calm down and de-stress

  • Pumpkin seeds are edible and make for a wonderful source of plant-based protein and magnesium. Studies have shown that it regular consumption of pumpkin seeds help with prostrate health and can help in the prevention of prostrate cancer.

CULINARY USES OF PUMPKIN:


  • Pumpkin and pumpkin seeds can be used in so many creative ways - Pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, cookies, casseroles, Indian curries, Thai curries etc. I also love to add pumpkin puree to my oatmeal. It’s easy, nutritious and delicious. Check out my blog for the Pumpkin Oatmeal recipe.

  • Pumpkin Seeds make for a great snack!. You can have them roasted, raw or sprinkle them on anything with seasonings of your choice.

SKIN CARE:

Pumpkins not only help you nourish your body from the inside but also helps you nourish your skin from the outside. I use this DIY pumpkin face mask every now and then and I love how my skin feels after I use it. Click here to check out the DIY Pumpkin Face Mask

I hope you found this post informative and useful. If you have any unique ways of using pumpkins, please share them here.

As with every KYI videos, I’ve linked all the research articles I’ve referred to on the blog post. below Feel free to click on them to read more.

Happy Halloween!!




#pumpkin #antioxidants #antiinflammatory #skincare


REFERENCES:


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2906676/


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6766813/


https://www.myfooddata.com/articles/high-tryptophan-foods.php








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