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Health Benefits Of Pumpkin For Diabetes You Need To Know

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Did you ever wonder about all the benefits that pumpkin can do to your health? It’s quite enchanting!

Pumpkin seems to be on everybody’s mind these days, especially during the early winter and fall months. When bright color pumpkin pops up in front, you must know all the nutrients and delicious flavors it provides you.

When you suffer from a condition like diabetes, you have many questions in your head what to eat, what not to eat, what will help us, what is essential to manage the sugar level or how can we prevent diabetes-related complications such as nerve damage, heart disease, skin infection and many more.

Nevertheless, it is essential to understand a particular food like pumpkin. It contains several substances that can help lower blood sugar, so considering a pumpkin to eat in diabetes can be beneficial for patients.

Pumpkin has the effect of insulin that possibly can help people with diabetes to keep blood sugar under control as well as it is a low-calorie food containing many nutrients that it helps in one’s well-being and health.

The nutrition index of pumpkin majorly depends on whether the pumpkin is fresh or canned. If you cook and made the puree of pumpkin yourself may contain less carbohydrate, calories, and nutrient as present in a canned puree.

A pumpkin’s pulp is an excellent origin of vitamin A, potassium, and fiber. Whereas fiber offers many benefits to improve and manage blood sugar levels. And as per the study of 120 grams of pumpkin contains 12% of the fiber in it.

If you want to check the pumpkin’s effect on blood sugar, you can know it by the Glycemic load, which is the ranking system for carb-rich food. If GL presents in any less than 10, then that food has a minimum effect on blood sugar. So GL present in pumpkin is at a scale of 3.

If we talk about carbohydrate count that a diabetic person should intake day daily is 15 gram only. If you eat a cup of freshly mashed and cooked pumpkin, it contains a carbohydrate of only 12 grams, including 2.7 grams of fiber. Remember, if you eat canned pumpkin puree, the carbohydrate level will increase by 22 grams, almost double freshly cooked. Therefore uses of pumpkin for diabetes is one of the best food.

Pumpkin pulp is good for health, but the seeds defined inside a pumpkin are large and white. That white color is a coating that you can call a shell. If you remove that shell, you will find a green color seed inside, basically what you see act at a grocery store. This pumpkin seed is rich in fiber, healthy fat, zinc, magnesium, manganese, and antioxidants.

Some studies have also shown that almost every part of a pumpkin, seeds, flesh, oil, juice, and seed powder, is very beneficial and helps reduce blood sugar levels.

However, we have noticed that some people use pumpkin in unhealthy food items like baked goods, holiday pies, or sugary beverages, which don’t provide the same benefits as the pumpkin. So you can try this easy, quick, healthy, and flavorful recipe to eat pumpkin.

pumpkin pancakeIngredients:

  • Half cup pumpkin puree
  • Half cup besan
  • Salt to taste
  • Red chili powder half teaspoon
  • Ajwain half teaspoon
  • Finely chopped coriander
  • Finely chopped green chilies
  • Chopped vegetables like capsicum, onion, carrot (as per your wish)

Method:

  • Take some roughly chopped pumpkin, boil it, make a fine puree, and strain it.
  • Now add all the ingredients: besan, salt, red chili, ajwain, coriander, green chilies, and whichever vegetable you like but should be finely chopped you want.
  • Now heat a non-stick pan, brush some olive oil and make a chilla with the mixture you have prepared.

Cook it well from both sides with olive oil and serve with green pudina chutney and imli chutney.

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About the author

Charlotte
Charlotte

Charlotte is a health, beauty and wellness blogger and a mother of two, who lives between India and London

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