It seems I’m not the only one off put by the big pumpkin push. My pal Vinnie the Crumb recently posted a rant on Facebook about the trend to turn everything pumpkin this time of year—pumpkin latte, pumpkin beer, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin soap, and so on.
Vinnie is comical but he makes a really good point, without cinnamon, ginger, cloves, sugar, hops, etcetera, pumpkin is not only bland but could be repulsive.
Fortunately, pumpkin’s many health benefits make it as palatable as all the spices.
So, chew on these facts:
· Pumpkin is rich in beta carotene, which lowers the risk of certain cancers.
· It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which are essential for reducing the risk of lung cancer and lowering the chances of joint inflammation and arthritis.
· The little green seeds in pumpkins contain the protective compounds responsible for shrinking the prostate.
· It has a high level of carotenoids that fight free radicals in the body, thereby preventing wringles.
· Pumpkins are rich in nutrients I can’t pronounce but that protect your eyes.
· Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of protein and help in lower cholesterol.
· Eating pumpkin can prevent heart disease and osteoporosis.
· Pumpkins are enriched with vitamins A, C and E, and zinc which combines to give you a healthy and glowing skin.
· Pumpkin juice is a sedative and is good for ulcers and insomnia.
· Some scientists recommend pumpkins for hormonal imbalance and say it can normalize the behavior in adolescents, menopausal women, and young men on the prowl.
Are you out of your gourd yet with all this pumpkin?
Mangia & Enjoy!