Six reasons to add pumpkin to your diet year-round

Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, Wis.  –  In 2020 more than 2,100 acres of pumpkins were harvested in Wisconsin, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. 

There are more than 20 varieties of pumpkins grown throughout Wisconsin, differentiated by shape, size, color and flesh quality. The medicinal properties of pumpkin may include anti-diabetic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. 

HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals Clinical Dietitian, Betsy Fish carved out a little time to share more about the health benefits of this popular fruit: 

  • Pumpkin is good for your heart. It contains heart healthy vitamin C, which helps prevent coronary artery disease and aids in strengthening blood vessel walls. The fiber in a pumpkin protects your heart with its ability to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. 
  • Pumpkin protects your skin. Carotenoids found in pumpkin may not only keep cancer cells at bay but may also keep your skin wrinkle-free.
  • Pumpkin is high in potassium. This mineral keeps your muscles, nerves and heart working well and is important for digestive and bone health. One cup of pumpkin contains 564 milligrams of potassium, which is more than a banana. 
  • Pumpkin is low in calories and high in fiber. One cup of fresh pumpkin has only 49 calories, but three grams of fiber. Fiber keeps you feeling full, helps control blood sugar levels, aids in achieving healthy weight and helps maintain good bowel health.
  • Pumpkin is high in vitamin A. A one-cup serving of pumpkin has 250% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin A, which can improve our eye health and our immune system.
  • Pumpkin seeds may improve your mood. Pumpkin seeds can be eaten fresh or roasted, and like fresh or canned pumpkin, the seeds contain beneficial substances, including:
    • Tryptophan (an amino acid): important in the production of serotonin, which helps reduce depression and regulate anxiety.
    • Phytosterols (plant-based substances): reduce LDL or “bad cholesterol”.
    • Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids: important for heart and liver health.
    • Magnesium: reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and osteoporosis, especially in older populations.

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About HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889, it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition.

About HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1885, it has served the people of the Chippewa Falls area with health care that is high tech and high touch. Known locally for the quality of the care it provides patients, the hospital has been recognized nationally for its outstanding patient satisfaction levels.

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states – Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.

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HSHS Wisconsin
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