The Many Virtues of Pumpkin

In celebration of our seasonal pumpkin cheesecake, a look at this nutritionally dense winter squash is in order. So many nutrients, including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are contained in this high-fiber, low-carb food. These include potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, folate, manganese, iron and zinc, vitamins A, B1, B6, C, and E. 

The benefits of pumpkin are as numerous as the nutrients. 

A short list of the most important ones include: improved heart, eye, and skin health, reduced risk of chronic disease including cancer, and boosted immunity. The fiber in pumpkin aids in digestion, improves blood pressure and blood sugar, and helps maintain a healthy gut flora.

One of the most important nutrients in pumpkin is beta carotene. This powerful antioxidant is a plant pigment responsible for the vibrant orange color. When ingested, the body converts it to vitamin A. Beta carotene is a free-radical-fighting antioxidant providing the body with the vitamin A it needs for healthy function. 

Potassium is another important nutrient in pumpkin. It is necessary for the normal functioning of all cells. Since this mineral is an electrolyte, it helps regulate blood pressure, nerve impulses, water balance, heartbeat and muscle contractions. It is also required for metabolizing carbohydrates and synthesizing proteins. 

These are just the highlights but one thing is clear: this superfood is a powerhouse of nutrition. If you need more pumpkin in your life, order your Good & Tasty Bakes Pumpkin Cheesecake today! Available in 16oz and minis! Along with all of our products, they are grain and gluten free, have no sugar added, and keto-friendly!

-Momma Joey