Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Surprising Nutritional Benefits of Pumpkin that Will Leave You Wanting More!

The Surprising Nutritional Benefits of Pumpkin that Will Leave You Wanting More!Did you know that pumpkin holds a ton of nutritional value?  It's true!  And while we don't suggest using that as your ticket to binge this thanksgiving, you can rest assured knowing that there actually is some nutritional value involved... and done right, can actually be quite healthy!

Here's some helpful nutritional information about pumpkins and some ways to get the most out of their abundance! 

Pumpkin, for starters, is actually a fruit. It's a widely grown vegetable that's incredibly rich in vital antioxidants and vitamins.  While this humble backyard plant is less in calories, it contains high amounts of vitamin A and flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as leutin, xanthin, and carotenes in pure abundance!

Benefits: 

*They leave you feeling fuller. Low in calories but high in fiber keeps you eating less and feeling full!

*High in vitamin A, they boost your vision!

*The phytoestrogens in pumpkin seed oil lower your blood pressure!

*High tryptophan content in the pumpkin seeds improve your sleep!

Of course you know that pumpkin pie and other desserts aren't going to deliver these benefits.  It doesn't mean you can't enjoy them!  We'd love to make your Thanksgiving pumpkin treats! While you indulge, you'll have a greater respect for the incredible fruit and think of new ways to incorporate it into your meals.

For a healthier way to add pumpkin into your diet, adding pumpkin chunks to a roasted vegetable medley, or sprinkling pumpkin seeds on top of your salad. Feeling even more creative? Try pumpkin puree or homemade pumpkin butter in place of nut butters as a spread on toast. 

Whatever your choice, Ontario Bakery is here to add the sweetness.  Call us for all your pumpkin needs!


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