Health Benefits of Pumpkins!

Health Benefits of Pumpkins!


Benny the Pumpkin

Benny the Pumpkin


In light of this year’s early pumpkin harvest due to the extra-long and warm summer, I thought I would write a quick post on their health benefits.  I hope you get a chance to partake in this tasty and nutritious squash this fall!



Cancer Prevention & Skin Health

The beta-carotene content in pumpkins can fight cancer and protects the skin (such as against wrinkles) – it’s also what makes them orange! 😉



Heart Health

Snack on a few pumpkin seeds for a boost to your heart.  This little guys reduce bad cholesterol, and have good fats that are beneficial to your heart.



Mood & Relaxation

Pumpkin seeds contain tryptophan, helping to elevate your mood and get you a good night’s sleep.



General Health

The seeds provide the important elements iron, selenium, niacin, and zinc, but no cholesterol.  They also have lots of fiber & protein, making them an all-around good snack, perfect for on-the-go if you’re in a rush or as a movie night treat!



Muscle Function

Pumpkin is a great source of potassium – 1 cup of cooked pumpkin reportedly has more potassium than a banana.  This is great for muscle restoration after a workout or overall health and detoxification and is an important element to support a healthy and properly working body.



Cancer Prevention

Pumpkins are rich in an essential vitamin with cancer-fighting properties – namely, vitamin A.




Vitamin A also helps your sight, and zea-xanthin, another antioxidant found in pumpkin, fights age-related macular disease (ARMD) by helping filter UV light in the retina.



Immune System

Like so many great fruits and veggies, pumpkins have lots of vitamin C to support good immune function and fight colds and infections.




So whether you enjoy your pumpkin in a latte, frappuccino, soup or pie, don’t forget to savour the amazingness of this festive fall fruit!


Best wishes to you as the colourful season approaches!







Fibre in an Apple vs. Cereal

Pink Lady Apple


1 medium sized apple has about 4 grams of dietary fibre in it, according to  That’s 17% of your recommended daily value of fibre.

Let’s compare that to some popular cereals…

Cheerios…3 grams

Lucky Charms…2 grams

Corn Flakes…1 gram

Rice Krispies…0 grams 🙁

However, there was one cereal I looked up that exceeded the golden apple requirement.  Dun dun dun dun……SHREDDIES!!  According to the shreddies website, 1 serving contains 6 grams of fibre!