Pumpkins are now back in the shops ready to be carved into spooky designs ready for Halloween. However, we must also recognise the wonderful health benefits that Pumpkin has as an ingredient when cooking for ourselves and our elderly loved ones.
There are many different ways to cook and incorporate Pumpkin into a meal. Most commonly Pumpkin is made into soup, roasted, baked into a cake or even made into a filled pie.
Specific Health Benefits of Pumpkin
The Pumpkin has many health benefits. This includes being a fantastic source of fibre. As you may already know, fibre is a very important part of the elderly’s diet as it promotes easier digestion and regular bowel movements. It has also been suggested that fibre can slow the rate that sugar is absorbed into the blood meaning that it can help to regulate blood sugar and is good for those suffering with diseases such as diabetes.
Beta-carotene is the orange pigment that you find in Pumpkins and other colourful vegetables. It is converted within your body to Vitamin A. This is a vitamin that our bodies need to maintain healthy skin, a healthy immune system, good vision and eye health.
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