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Health Benefits Of Fall Spices And Pumpkin Pies

01 October, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Pumpkin Pie from a *real* pumpkin, November 2007

As the weather turns chilly and the markets start getting flooded with pumpkins, it is time to make some warm delicious and scrumptious pumpkin pies. Pumpkin is a culinary delight which need not be restricted to desserts alone-it is wonderful in a variety of recipes including soups, stews, muffins, breads and pastas. Pumpkin goes especially well with fall specific spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. In fact; these three spices are often ground together into a single spice (commercially under the name of Pumpkin Spice powder) which can readily be used in most sweet pumpkin preparations. In this guide, we will study some of the important health benefits of Fall spices and Pumpkin pies in general.

Health benefits of pumpkins

  • Pumpkins are a good source of dietary fiber and can help keep heart diseases at bay.
  • Pumpkins are rich in vitamins A and C
  • They are perfect for Paleo dieters- Paleo diet is the caveman’s diet which is devoid of grains, dairy and all other food items that weren’t available in the Paleolithic era. Pumpkin recipes are extremely popular among Paleo purists.

Health benefits of pumpkin pie spices

As stated above, most desserts containing pumpkin contain three main spices in their powdered form: cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. Each of these has numerous health benefits:

Health benefits of Cinnamon

  1. Cinnamon is an antioxidant. Antioxidants ward off free radicals and reduce inflammation. Preliminary research is showing benefits of Cinnamon and Cinnamon oil in warding off cancer and tumors.
  2. This spice is known for its insulin resistance-and is hence beneficial for people suffering from Diabetes. Cinnamon can be added to coffee in place of sugar.
  3. Cinnamon and cinnamon oil can reduce Candida or yeast infections. Many studies have proven that this spice is fights all 3 strains of Candida.
  4. It is antibacterial in nature and can be taken during stomach flu or influenza to strengthen the immune system.
  5. A cup of cinnamon tea taken 3 times a day can reduce stomach cramps.
  6. Massaging joints with cinnamon oil can help reduce Arthritis pain and taking cinnamon internally can strengthen the joints and reduce pain and inflammation.

Health benefits of nutmeg

Since ancient times, nutmeg has been used in traditional medicine in Indian and Chinese cultures for preventing and treating many disorders.

  1. Nutmeg is a highly fragrant spice having many nutritional benefits. It is rich in vitamins A, C and E.
  2. It is a stress relieving spice. Taken regularly, it can also stimulate the brain.
  3. Nutmeg stimulates blood circulation and can keep the heart healthy.
  4. Nutmeg oil can be used for detoxification of the liver and kidney. It is powerful enough to dissolve kidney stones.
  5. Nutmeg added to warm milk at night can beat insomnia and induce a good night’s sleep.
  6. Like cinnamon, Nutmeg too can fight pain and inflammation in arthritic patients. It can be used topically as an essential oil for massage and also consumed for reducing pain.
  7. Clove and clove oil are anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. They are used for treating various oral issues such as dental abscess, swollen and painful gums, dental caries etc. Clove oil is an essential ingredient in many herbal toothpastes.
  8. It is a rich source of antioxidants.
  9. It is a well known anti-emetic and can fight nausea and vomiting.
  10. In Asian countries, cloves have been used since centuries for treating malaria, diarrhea, stomach and liver ailments etc.

Health benefits of clove

  1. Clove and clove oil are anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. They are used for treating various oral issues such as dental abscess, swollen and painful gums, dental caries etc. Clove oil is an essential ingredient in many herbal toothpastes.
  2. It is a rich source of antioxidants.
  3. It is a well known anti-emetic and can fight nausea and vomiting.
  4. In Asian countries, cloves have been used since centuries for treating malaria, diarrhea, stomach and liver ailments etc.

Overall health benefits of pumpkin pie

A single slice of pumpkin pie (of approximately 133grams) can provide the following:

  • 46g of carbohydrates
  • 4g of fiber
  • 2 g of proteins
  • A single slice of pumpkin pie is rich in B vitamins and can give nearly 20% of the total daily recommended value.
  • Folate obtained from pumpkin pie is essential for to-be-mothers and also wards of coronary diseases.
  • A single serving of pumpkin pie can give up to 67% of daily recommended value of vitamin A, 15% of vitamin K, and 7% of vitamin E. Vitamins A and E are rich antioxidants while vitamin K helps in clotting of blood.
  • Pumpkin pie is also rich in minerals like phosphorous, calcium, and iron. These help improve metabolism and also bone health.

On the downside, pumpkin pie is also rich in fats and cholesterol. However, you can go in for healthier recipes to reduce these. For example, you can forgo the cream topping and choose fat-free yogurt instead. You can also follow portion control or bake mini-pies. You can even consider making pumpkin muffins instead of pies. If possible, go in for the Paleo pumpkin recipes which replace refined flour with blanched almond meal and sugar with honey.

 

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