A Little History
Pumpkins are a member of the gourd family, and have long been used for carving and pies. The early New England settlers fermented the pumpkin and were the originators of pumpkin ale. But did you know that pumpkins are also a great source of protein? This is especially good news for vegetarians and vegans.
Ancient remains have been found in South America going as far back as 9000 years. Because they’re high in fiber and protein pumpkins have been for used in traditional medicine for problems related to digestion, and were a vital source of sugars in early New England.
New research suggests that two phytochemicals in pumpkin, trigonelline and nicotinic acid, may affect insulin and glucose levels in diabetics. Pumpkin is particularly rich in polyphenol anti-oxidants. Recent research shows that polyphenols may shield the skin and eyes from harmful UV rays thus helping to defend against skin wrinkles and macular degeneration, as well as acting as an anti-inflammatory. Pumpkin may also have benefits that slow the development of Alzheimer’s.
Pumpkins are a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants, as well as protein, calcium and fiber. They’re exceptionally low in calories and are devoid of saturated fats and cholesterol. This is especially good news for juicers searching for produce that provides high nutritional value in a single food.
The fiber contained in pumpkins helps create the sense of fullness so important to dieters. This coupled with other properties in pumpkin are especially helpful to those with diabetes.
Pumpkin Apple Spice
2 cups Pumpkin – cubed, skin and all!
1 Green Apple – seeds, skin, and all!
1/2" fresh Ginger
Cinnamon and Clove to taste
Green Pumpkin Juice
2 cups Pumpkin – cubed, with skin
1 Apple – skin and all or 1 cup apple cider
Allspice to taste