The pumpkin provides benefits and interesting nutritional properties, being a very healthy vegetable thanks to its nutritional content. Find out more about the nutritional information for squash.
The pumpkin is a vegetable of American origin that is also known by the name of squash. It belongs to the cucurbit family, within which we find more than 850 species (such as cucumber or zucchini), and in our country it is known by the name of pumpkin.
The consumption of squash dates back to the time of the Aztecs, and years later it was introduced in Europe by the Spanish after the conquests, becoming better known and increasing its consumption.
Today, the preparation of pumpkin puree for babies and young children is common, thanks to the fact that it provides interesting benefits for their delicate digestive systems.
It is a vegetable with a sweet taste. It contains an orange pulp, which is extremely rich in beta-carotene (substances that, as you surely know, help prevent cancer).
Thanks to its high fiber content, squash helps regulate intestinal function, also standing out because it is very easily digested, especially when cooked boiled or baked, acting as a softener.
For this reason, its consumption is recommended in case of heartburn or gastritis (especially in case of nervous gastritis), and in people with a delicate stomach.
It also helps to purify the kidneys, its consumption being interesting not only to regulate its functioning, but also the correct functioning of the bladder.
It also stands out for its high water content, so that it becomes a vegetable devised in slimming diets, thanks to it has few calories and carbohydrates.
Thanks also to its vitamin content, the pumpkin helps to take care of the eyes, and strengthen the skin, hair and bones.
Pumpkin nutritional information
100 grams of pumpkin provide:
- Calories: 28 kilocalories.
- Proteins: 1 gr.
- Carbohydrates: 5.6 gr.
- Fat: 0.1 gr.
- Fiber: 1.5 gr.