Five Health Benefits of Eating Pumpkin
It’s pumpkin season! You can hardly turn on the television or walk down the aisle of a store without seeing something pumpkin flavored. The good news is that your senior parent can enjoy pumpkin season without worry of compromising healthy eating. That’s because pumpkins are surprisingly healthy.
Here are just five reasons your parent should be eating pumpkin:
#1 Helps with Weight Loss
Pumpkin is loaded with fiber, which can help seniors to feel fuller. Eating just one ounce of pumpkin seeds provides 1.7 grams of fiber. A cup of canned pumpkin has 7 grams of fiber and just 50 calories. And, because the fiber in pumpkin takes longer for the stomach to digest, it keeps a person feeling full for a longer period of time.
#2 Supports Heart Health
In addition to fiber, pumpkin contains potassium and vitamin C, both of which help keep the heart healthy. A study conducted by Harvard showed that men who eat a diet that is rich in fiber reduce their risk of heart disease by 40 percent. And, another study showed that women who eat fiber-rich diets lower their risk by 25 percent.
#3 Improves Vision
The orange color of pumpkins comes from a substance called beta-carotene. When eaten, beta-carotene converts to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is beneficial to the health of the eyes and assists the retina with light absorption and processing. One cup of pumpkin provides 200 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A.
#4 Assists with Sleep
Pumpkin contains tryptophan, an amino acid that can help make a person feel sleepy. It also helps the body to create serotonin, which makes a person feel good and helps them to relax.
#5 Might Help with Diabetes
Although the research is still in its early phases, some tests have shown that pumpkin may help to reduce blood sugar levels. It might also increase the body’s output of insulin and make the body more able to tolerate glucose.
If your parent likes pumpkin, a senior care provider can help them to prepare pumpkin dishes. Pumpkin chunks can be added to casseroles or roasted with other vegetables. Pumpkin seeds are also a great salad topper. Senior care providers can either prepare the meal in its entirety or allow your parent to do the parts of the meal preparation that they can. Senior care providers can even drive to the store to purchase the pumpkin and other ingredients.
If you or an aging senior in your life are considering hiring home care services in Tustin, CA, please contact the caring staff at In-Home Care Solutions today. Call (949) 250-0125 to speak with our caring staff.
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