Nutrition Facts – Pumpkins

Pumpkins aren’t just for decorating. Their bright orange colour is a sign that
they’re rich in plant nutrients. One cup of cubed pumpkin provides twice the
amount of beta carotene that you need in a day. Beta carotene speeds up healing and helps
fight off damage to healthy cells from aging and the environment. The body turns some beta carotene into into
vitamin A, which is needed for vision, healthy bones and the immune system. That’s why Canada’s Food Guide recommends
getting at least one serving of orange fruit or vegetables everyday. One serving is half a cup of cooked, cubed
pumpkin. Don’t forget the seeds! Pumpkin seeds, also
known as “papitas” are an excellent source of magnesium. One quarter cup provides half the magnesium
you need in a day. Magnesium is needed for strong healthy bones
and for nerve and muscle function. It also helps to keep your bowels moving. Pumpkin seeds also phytosterols, plant nutrients
that may help to lower your LDL or “lousy” cholesterol. Which can help to reduce your
heart disease risk. Diets rich in foods that contain beta carotene
may reduce your risk of some types of cancer and heart disease. Did you know? Supplements can make it easier
to get too much of a nutrient. That’s why its a good reason to choose foods when you
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