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  • Pumpkin – Its Health And Weight Loss Benefits

    You may have pumpkin pie all you want without having to worry about gaining weight. Is this possible?

    November 7, 2013 | Related: ,

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    EAT PUMPKIN PIE WITHOUT GAINING WEIGHT

    There’s never a better time to eat pumpkins than during the fall. Pumpkin is one of those vegetables that you often see in fall. It may be a popular item used for carving into Jack-O-Lanterns as Halloween decorations but this veggie offers health benefits, including weight loss. So, don’t throw it away just yet. Instead, save those seeds and purchase an extra pumpkin these holidays so you can enjoy its taste.

    LOW CALORIES

    This colorful veggie offers tons of nutritional value. A raw pumpkin has only 30 calories per serving. It doesn’t contain fat and cholesterol. But it has 1 gram of fiber and only 8 grams of carbs.

    This low-calorie food has vitamins and minerals that can further help in achieving healthy body. It has lutein and zeaxanthin that can prevent cataract formation while reducing risk of developing macular degeneration. In addition to these elements, this veggie can also prevent night blindness while improving your vision. It’s also rich in components that can enhance your immune system, so you can stay away from colds, flu and other infections this fall.

    HEALTHY TREAT

    Pumpkins belong to squash family that can be considered as a great alternative to fat. With its low calorie content, you can have it even if you’re watching your diet.

    SELECTION

    Not all pumpkins are edible for cooking. You can try opting for smaller ones that are free of soft spots. Avoid those large pumpkins as they’re tough and difficult to cook. They’re only good as Halloween decoration.

    STORAGE

    Its seeds can be kept for about a month as long as you store them in a cool, dry place. Once the entire pumpkin has been cut, it can be kept for a week but you’ve to place it in a refrigerator.

    PREPARATION

    Pumpkin pie is one of the most favorite foods of people. Unfortunately, this low-calorie food, which is great in losing weight, can be transformed into a food loaded with calories if you add heavy cream and whole eggs.

    Thus, it’s best to use evaporated skim milk when you use a cream. And if the recipe calls for two eggs, it’s best to use only one egg yolk. In this way, you’ll be cutting the fat and calories but the people who’ll eat it won’t realize the difference. To further drop the calories of a pumpkin pie, you can skip the crust and opt for custard.

    With these tips, you can prepare a low-fat pumpkin recipe that’s healthy, nutritious, and delicious while still helping you with your weight loss goal.

    About the author

    Janey Danes Janey Danes started her career as a part-time article writer, editor and proofreader in 2008. She specializes in topics related to health, travel, technology, family, and spiritual life. Danes is a licensed medical technologist and she holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology. She is also a contributor to Travel Philippines | Entertainment and Medical Technology Avenue. You can also find her on Google+.

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