When You Eat Pumpkin Every Day, This Is What Happens

Many people only eat pumpkin in the fall when it becomes a seasonal flavor in practically every drink, cereal, and baked good on the market. However, there are plenty of reasons to enjoy this fruit year-round. Pumpkins are packed with health benefits and can positively impact your health if you eat them every day. According to Women's Health, pumpkin is "basically a superfood" because it is low in calories and fat while being high in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Every time you eat pumpkin, you get a hefty dose of vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc, and magnesium.

Pumpkin also contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber can absorb "bad" LDL cholesterol and decrease your risk of heart disease. Insoluble fiber keeps your digestive system healthy. The potassium, fiber, and vitamin C in pumpkin can all help you keep your blood pressure low. Eating pumpkin every day is a great way to promote good gut health and a strong heart.

Pumpkin seeds also have many health benefits

When enjoying pumpkin, don't throw away the seeds. According to Healthline, pumpkin seeds are full of nutrients. These seeds contain a decent amount of vitamin K, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, iron, zinc, and copper. They also have antioxidants and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Eating pumpkin seeds frequently can decrease your risk of developing certain stomach, breast, lung, prostate, and colon cancers. They can also improve urinary function, regulate blood sugar levels, and promote a healthy heart.

There are many ways you can enjoy pumpkin every day. "Treat it like you would any winter squash," Justine Kelly, executive chef and co-founder of Sun Basket meal delivery service, told Women's Health. "Roast it, steam it, or cut it into chunks and add it to soups, stews, and curries." For a nutritious breakfast, throw some pureed pumpkin into your blender with your other smoothie ingredients. You can also spread a dollop of pumpkin puree on your pancakes in the morning or stir some into oatmeal or yogurt. Pumpkin also works well in savory dishes like curries and soups.