Today we will talk about a food of the season: the pumpkin. This vegetable is a true friend of healthy diet: it helps to keep in shape and protects our health!
THE BENEFITS OF PUMPKIN
Pumpkin is low in calories, low in fat and suitable also for diabetics. Do you think that 100 grams of pumpkin pulp contain more than 90% water, only 18 kcal and 0.1% fat. The water content makes it therefore a diuretic food.
As all the vegetables in orange is rich in carotenoids such as beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Those substances, precursors of vitamin A, help the body to prevent premature aging, fighting free radicals and protect eyesight.
No shortage of mineral salts, in particular the gourd is rich in potassium, about 200 mg per 100 grams, phosphorus (40 mg), calcium (20 mg), but also zinc and magnesium.
Not forgetting the benefits of pumpkin seeds. These are especially rich in omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids that promote the increase of good cholesterol and protect the heart and arteries.
GOOD, VERY GOOD: HOW TO CONSUME IT TO AVOID LOSING NUTRIENTS
But as consuming the pumpkin? In the kitchen, its uses are many: its sweet taste allows the preparation of the first tasty, like the risotto, but also side dishes and seconds, including pies and rolls. Not to lose the nutrients it is preferable to a short cooking.
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Also the consumption must be combined with a fatty, (extra-virgin olive oil, for example) as carotenoids, being liposolubil need a fat, in fact, to be assimilated. Do you think that no lipid their absorption is reduced by 95%.
Another important factor: the pumpkin must be mature to give its benefits. How to recognize it when you buy? The pumpkin must be heavy and no dents on the outside. A few touches on its skin will allow you to understand if it is ripe: must emit a hollow sound. Eye also to the petiole, which must be soft and attached to the fruit.
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