Now that fall has finally arrived, we can look forward to eating more pumpkin everything. This includes pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pie, and (of course) pumpkin spice lattes, just to name a few. While many people enjoying carving or painting pumpkins, eating them— be it by itself or something with a pumpkin flavour— is way better in the eyes of many more! It’s arguably one of, if not the biggest food staple during the fall season.

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But while many know just how tasty pumpkin is to eat, you may not realize that it’s actually good for you. Pumpkin is one of those foods that you can indulge in without guilt because it’s healthier. Okay, it may not be all too healthy when in a pie, for example— but it’s still a great food to enjoy. These are just a few of the health benefits that come from eating pumpkin.

In terms of digestion, you’re most likely to stay full after eating pumpkin than if you didn’t do so. That’s because pumpkin is rich in fiber— just the seeds contain 1.7 grams of fiber, and mashed pumpkin has 3 grams of fiber. Because it’s not calorie dense (one cup of mashed pumpkin contains roughly 50 calories), you can afford to eat a decent-sized serving of this delicious food. It’ll help keep you full for a significant amount of time after eating.

As far as its benefits to the body, there are several that come from eating pumpkin:


Improved vision due to its high vitamin A content.

Consuming pumpkin has been said to slow the decline of retinal function in those who suffer from eye disease. Its high level of vitamin A can also improve your bones, skin and teeth, making it invaluable.


It can prevent high blood pressure.

That’s because pumpkin seed oil contains phytoestrogens, which has been proven previously to lower blood pressure in individuals. So if you suffer from high blood pressure, consuming more pumpkin may helping in lowering it.


 It can help you sleep better.

If you’ve ever felt a bit tired after eating some pumpkin pie, you’re not imagining it. As it turns out, pumpkin contains an amino acid known as tryptophan. Tryptophan helps your body produce serotonin— the chemical in your brain that relaxes you and improves your mood. As a result, you’ll be able to go to bed earlier and sleep longer, ensuring that you get as much rest as possible.

So this fall, don’t be afraid to consume a little more pumpkin than usual. Of course, make sure that you don’t overindulge at the same time. After all, pumpkin is supposed to benefit— not harm— your overall health. But still— enjoy that pumpkin spice latte with a big smile on your face anyways!


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