Pumpkins exist within the squash plant family, and were cultivated for the first time 5500 years B.C in Mexico. The word pumpkin originated from the Greek term pompon meaning “large melon.” In fact, certain types of pumpkins reach weights of around 75 pounds! The bright orange pigment coloring the pumpkin flesh is a result of the high concentration of lutein and alpha/beta carotene. These colorful pigments contribute healthful properties and add festive color to your plate!
Benefits of Pumpkin:
- Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamin A, which is evident based on it’s bright orange pigment!
- The diverse array of B vitamins present in pumpkins play an essential role in maintaining your body’s energy production, metabolic system, and nervous system function.
- Pumpkin is also a storehouse of potent antioxidant vitamins including vitamins A, C, and E that help reduce oxidative damage to cells in the body.
Nutritional Value of 1/2 cup (125 mL) of Mashed Pumpkin:
- 44 calories
- 11 g carbohydrate
- 1 g protein
- 0.4 g fat
- 4 g fibre
- Over 100% of daily vitamin A needs
Did You Know?
Pumpkin contains a satisfying source of soluble fibre that provides bulk, slows digestion, and promotes satiety. This indirectly helps to manage appetite, making it easier to control portions!