Pumpkins are widely used in cooking. You can make a pumpkin halwa, roast pumpkin soup, baked pumpkin pie, pumpkin, and spinach pie, among others. The reason why pumpkins are popular is that they are nutrient-dense.
From the golden yellow flesh to its seed, pumpkins are rich in Vitamin B6, C, E, and Thiamin. They are also excellent sources of omega 3 fatty acids and dietary fiber. The question is, can pumpkins help you lose weight?
In this post, we look at ways how pumpkins can help you lose weight.
Curbs Your Appetite and Hunger Pangs
As a nutrient-dense vegetable, a single cup of cooked pumpkin weighing 245 grams contains:
- 2 grams of protein
- 49 calories
- 0.2 grams Fat
- 3 grams of fiber
It also contains Vitamin A, C, B2, E, potassium, copper, manganese, 94% water and iron. So, if you consume cooked pumpkin, not only will you consume fewer calories compared to other carb sources like potatoes and rice. But you will feel full and satisfied.
Basically, cooked pumpkin helps to curb your appetite preventing you from snacking between meals. Also, the dietary fiber works together with other nutrients such as Vitamin A, B2, E, and others to benefit your waistline.
Strengthens Your Digestive Health
Fresh pumpkin is rich in dietary fiber, which is essential for gastrointestinal and digestive health. When it speeds up your digestive system by pushing toxins, and food waste through the body, it results in weight loss.
Apart from speeding up your digestive system, dietary fiber promotes the abundance of christensenellaceae, a gut bacterium. The abundance of this bacteria in the digestive system improves weight loss, while less of the bacteria leads to obesity.
In one study, researchers discovered that lean people have 70% more gut bacteria than their overweight peers.