Plant foods such as pumpkin that are high in vitamin C and beta-carotene offer an immunity boost from their powerful combination of nutrients, which is of particular benefit to anyone seeking to improve or maintain their health.
While the jack-o-lantern range of pumpkins can certainly be eaten, the smaller and sweeter varieties are best for cooking.
Fresh pumpkin prepared at home delivers the greatest health benefits, however frozen or canned pumpkin can be substituted as long as you avoid pumpkin pie mixes which often include sugars and syrups.
So the next time you buy a pumpkin from the grocer don't carve it up, cook it up and enjoy its deliciously healthy benefits.
And don’t discard the seeds!
Rich in antioxidants, iron, zinc, magnesium and many other nutrients, they can be roasted for between 15 to 20 minutes. To add additional flavour, you can sprinkle them with salt, garlic or even soy sauce.
For delicious and bowel healthy pumpkin recipes direct from the kitchen of our Bowel Cancer Australia Nutritionist Teresa, check out her -
- Pear and pumpkin muffins,
- Squeakin’ squash patties (high and low fibre) and
- Apple pumpkin muffin tops – great for morning tea shares (high fibre and low fibre).