Pumpkin is a type of winter squash that is well loved all throughout the autumn and winter seasons in the United States and around the world. In warm and cool soups, pumpkin is a comfort food that simply cannot be beaten. Not only does pumpkin soup feel good to eat, but it’s also good for you! A few of the amazing health benefits of pumpkin include:
- Pumpkin is packed with crucial daily nutrients – Pumpkin gets a lot of credit for its abundance of Vitamin A and fiber, but that’s far from the most pumpkin has to offer. Also included in cooked pumpkin is 2 grams of protein, 19% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin C, 16% of the daily recommended potassium, 11% of the daily recommended copper, 11% of the daily recommended manganese, 11% of daily Vitamin B2, 10% of the daily recommended Vitamin E, and 8% of the daily recommended intake of iron.
- Low in calories – With protein, fiber, and plenty of nutrients, pumpkin is satisfying. However, pumpkin doesn’t leave you feeling guilty. Because pumpkin is 94% water, it’s also low in calories.
- Fights free radicals – Free radicals can wreak havoc on the cells in your body by creating a state called oxidative stress. Pumpkin is full of antioxidants, which help to fight the free radicals known to contribute to inflammation, cell damage, and chronic illness.
- Give your immune system a boost – With high Vitamins C and A content, pumpkin is a great friend to your immune system. Since pumpkin is most popular during the fall and winter, which also happens to coincide with cold and flu season, there is no better time to enjoy fresh warm pumpkin soups!
- Pumpkin may aid heart health – Potassium, fiber, and vitamin C have all been linked to heart benefits, and pumpkin just so happens to be rich in all three. The antioxidants in pumpkin may also help to put a stop to LDL cholesterol oxidization, a process that is known to restrict blood vessels and increase risk of heart disease.
- Pumpkin is easy to add to your diet – Pumpkin is something of a superfood, and it’s one that can be enjoyed in savory and sweet capacities alike. In soups alone, pumpkin can be eaten as a main course, an appetizer, or a side dish and alongside sweet, savory, salty, and spicy flavors as you see fit!
Come on into our SoLé SoupS Studio in Agoura Hills and try any of our soups including squash and our new ramen. If you’re not juicing you should be souping.