Article by Dane Miller of www.garagestrength.com
Real and Raw Food Series # 1: Pumpkin-
"I got the idea to write about different foods under the label Real and Raw while eating lunch with the farmers that employ me in the early mornings. As I sat there, I realized that everything these healthy and well-aged individuals ate, was either real food or raw. They ate very little processed foods; outside of their bread almost none of their meals were processed.
In this long and ever going series, I will document and discuss numerous food sources in brief articles that break down the positive and negatives of each food. At the end, I will provide my own personal rating for this type of food.
Pumpkin: While loading a bunch of heirloom pumpkins, I realized how many different types of pumpkin there are during the growing season. Nearly all of these are edible and each has a distinct flavor. Most individuals are used to the typical orange pumpkin, neglecting to notice the countless other varieties that can grow in the fall season.
Goodness: Pumpkin is full of bodybuilding minerals and vitamins. It is loaded with complete good stuff. Pumpkin is a good source of thiamin, niacin, B6, folate, iron, magnesium and a very good source for Vitamin A. It also contains a fair amount of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, riboflavin, potassium, copper and manganese.
With all these vitamins and minerals, pumpkin is a tremendous snack to eat following a workout. It also has a very low score on the Glycemic Load test.
Body Response: Pumpkin is also known to have the largest amount of carotenoids known to man. These are used to slow down aging and protect against certain forms of cancer.
Two-Fer: Pumpkin also contains a tremendous amount of edible seeds in each serving. Pumpkin seeds, along with pumpkin meat provide a tremendous amount of nutrition. These seeds have a large amount of iron, zinc and even contain a bit of Omega 3 and Omega 6.
One gram of the seeds provides a large amount of protein (L-Tryptophan), which clearly makes them a great snack in between meals. The seeds are also known to help with anxiety and other mental health issues.
Rating: Very good snack food. Ideal to use pumpkin meat as a side dish to a main meal as well"