The Health Benefits of PSL Season

September 5, 2018

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Over the past few years, the popularity of pumpkin spice, or PSL, has steadily grown and wither to the delight or dismay of us, there are some surprising health benefits of our favorite fall gourd. It balances your blood sugar.  Pumpkins are high in fiber. In fact, one serving of cooked, fresh pumpkin contains three grams of fiber, and the canned version has more than seven grams. Since your recommended daily fiber intake is about 25 grams, adding a sweet little side of pumpkin to your meal can go a long way toward meeting your daily nutrition goals. Just as carrots and sweet potatoes, pumpkins contain high amounts of beta-carotene, which keeps your eyes healthy. The beta-carotene can also improve your brain, cognitive, and lung health. Pumpkins are a great way to boost your immune system.  After carving your jack-o-lantern, take the pumpkin seeds, drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle some salt on them. Place in a 300°F oven for 45 minute until golden brown. The high zinc content of the seeds are a great way to boost your cold and flu defense for the season. Women should especially enjoy pumpkin seeds as they give your body a boost of estrogen, which can help balance out your hormones and ease PMS symptoms.

SOURCE: Elite Daily

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