Pumpkin is low in calories, rich in vitamin C and is good for the skin. In fact, it is also used in cosmetics.Low in calories, but naturally high in fiber, pumpkin is a vegetable with antioxidant qualities . Symbol of the Halloween party, the protagonist of a thousand recipes, from fresh pasta to risotto, from side dishes to biscuits, between October and November the pumpkin colors the shop windows and even our tables with bright orange.
But the pumpkin is not only the protagonist of “tricks and jokes”: the properties of the fruit par excellence of the Cucurbitaceae family are really many and, although the benefits of the pumpkin on cholesterolemia have not been fully proven, the good content of antioxidants makes it a undisputed ally for the heart .
Pumpkin properties and benefits
The term “pumpkin” identifies several vegetables from the Cucurbitaceae family , the same as courgettes, cucumbers, watermelon and melon . Pumpkin is a poor calorie food (only 18 kcal per 100 grams) but very nutritious , with a marked diuretic and calming action .
Many its benefits and advantages, such as:
- It is very rich in water (94 grams on a hectogram of product) and low in sugars, so much so that it can be used as an element to be included fully in diets because it is highly digestible and because it stimulates diuresis;
- It contains a lot of carotene : the substance that the body uses to produce vitamin A , with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties ;
- Helps reduce cholesterol : protects the heart and arteries at the table ;
- In addition to vitamin A, pumpkin also contains vitamins C and B1 along with many minerals including calcium, sodium phosphorus and potassium . Also present are amino acids and fibers .
- Properties diuretic and sedative ; the seeds contain cucurbitin, a substance useful in the prevention of dysfunctions and disorders of the urinary tract (it also protects the prostate). In some preparations, the pumpkin is in fact a prominent ingredient against cystitis .
- It also contains flavonides , which fight oxygen free radicals, keeping cells younger;
- The seeds are rich in essential fatty acids , linoleic and alpha-linoleic acids – Omega-6 and Omega-3 respectively.
The benefits of pumpkin between cosmetics and cooking
Pumpkin has recognized useful properties also in the cosmetic field :
- Friend of the skin , it is an ingredient often used to prepare nourishing face masks .
- Its pulp is able to soothe skin inflammations and is used in DIY creams to be used in the fall.
Precious in the kitchen and therefore green light for creativity: this season the pumpkin can be used in many recipes , eating it in many tasty variations ranging from appetizers to desserts, in combination with other seasonal fruits such as chestnuts, pomegranate, figs.