Its not only for Halloween decorations or a pie filling, pumpkins are also packed with nutrition and offer a wide range of health benefits. Pumpkin is a seasonal vegetable and the fall is the perfect time to start adding it into your meals. Pumpkins are a storehouse of vitamins, mineral and other healthy nutrients.
How Pumpkins Help Fight Cancer
Pumpkin is a good source of fiber & study shows that those who ate the most dietary fiber had lower risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer compared to those who ate the least.
Beta-carotene is converted into the body to Vitamin A, a type of antioxidant. Antioxidants protect the body against free radicals, which can cause cancer. Pair it with a healthy fat, such as olive oil, to boost absorption of beta-carotene.
Pumpkin seeds contain phytoestrogens, a plant compound that mimics the human hormone estrogen and can help prevent breast cancer according to one study.
The secret ingredient in this soup is antioxidant-rich pumpkin. The beta-carotene it contains can block the growth of cancerous cells.
Delicious Pumpkin Spicy Soup Recipe
-2 tsp. olive oil
-1/2 cup chopped onion
-2 celery stalks, chopped
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-1 tsp. peeled, minced fresh ginger
-2 tsp. sugar
-1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
-Pinch of cinnamon
-Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
-1 can (14.5 oz.) pumpkin
-1 potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
-4 cups vegetable or fat-free, reduced sodium chicken broth
-1/4 cup non-fat sour cream
-2 green onions, chopped
-In large stock pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery,garlic, ginger and sugar and cook4 minutes, until tender.
-Add nutmeg and cinnamon. Season with salt andpepper, to taste; stir to coat. Add pumpkin, potato and broth. Bring toboil.
-Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover and simmer 20 minutes,until pumpkin and potato are tender. Ladle soup into bowls and top eachserving with sour cream and green onions.