Thursday, August 7, 2014

Eat pumpkins to keep your eyes healthy

pumpkin
The orange fruit which is synonymous with Halloween packs a lot of vitamin A which is necessary for our body. Pumpkins are loaded with Alpha-carotene and Beta-carotene, which are different types of vitamin A.
It is one of the very low calorie vegetables. 100 g fruit provides just 26 calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; however, it is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. The vegetable is one of the food items recommended by dieticians in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.
They promote healthy vision and immunity. A serving of 100 grams of pumpkin can provide up to 8,513 IU of vitamin A, which is more than enough for maintaining a healthy vision. Also, it has carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin which help prevent age-related macular degeneration and keeps your vision intact. Pumpkin can be used in variety of delicious recipes either baked, stew- fried; however, it is eaten best after pumpkinsteam-cooking in order to get maximum nutrients. In China, young tender, pumpkin leaves are consumed as cooked greens or in soups.