There are two types of people:
Those who will sip a pumpkin spiced latte whether or not it’s 105 degrees outside.
And those who could not care less.
For weeks now, the fall flavor has been on the shelves and infiltrating our lives by way of desserts, cereal, coffee creamer, and Spam (???). With all the hype, it might have you questioning your taste buds (and maybe your sanity).
Today Dallas Courier delivers good news, among other things, of course. You’ll be happy to know that fall’s staple flavor actually has some surprising health benefits. As our couriers continue with our customers’ food distribution in Fort Worth and Dallas, let’s take a little detour from the normal transportation topics and delve into the nutrition behind this seasonal sensation.
What’s the good behind this gourd?
Pumpkin is a type of squash, though we tend to think of it as an orange winter squash here in America. Before we go any further, though, we have to clear something up. Pumpkin, scientifically speaking, is not a vegetable, but a fruit. We know. You’re floored! But the good news is, when it comes to the nutritional value of pumpkin, it acts more like a veggie.
Low Calorie, High Nutrition
Pumpkin packs a mean punch. One cup of cooked pumpkin provides over 200% of your daily Vitamin A needs. This vitamin can help strengthen your immune system by increasing white blood cell production. Since pumpkin is 94% water, it also can help hydrate, and remains a low calorie food at just 50 calories per cup.
Antioxidants to Fight Aging
Beta carotene is what gives this food its orange color. This is a powerful antioxidant that can help reduce the risks of certain types of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Antioxidants also neutralize body-damaging free radicals, preventing cell damage. Additionally, they protect against sun damage (bye-bye wrinkles)!
Fiber, potassium, and Vitamin C all keep our hearts healthy, and pumpkin is a great source for each of these. Some studies suggest that potassium can assist with hypertension and lower blood pressure- both important elements in heart health.
A Truly Whole Food
One great thing about pumpkin is that you can get use from the entire thing. The leaves, seeds, juices, and flesh all provide health benefits. The fruit itself is incredibly versatile. It works to add a mildly sweet flavor into desserts like custard and pies. It can be chopped and added to soups or your favorite roasted vegetables. The seeds are packed with fiber, antioxidants, and magnesium, which helps regulate muscle and nerve function.
How We Get the Gourd
Ready to get your hands on some pumpkin this fall? Pumpkins originated here in North America, and have been growing here for over 5,000 years. The state of Illinois is the top producer of pumpkins, though here in Texas it is possible to cultivate pumpkins.
As you begin your search for the perfect pumpkin for your fall needs, it’s likely that a courier transported your pumpkin to your local grocery store. That’s right, no fairy godmothers needed. Dallas Courier handles food distribution in Fort Worth and Dallas, which means we’re moving those pumpkins into the Metroplex from Illinois and all over the US.
While these gourds are pretty awesome, Dallas Courier’s food distribution isn’t limited to seasonal squash. Thanks to lift equipped straight trucks, refrigerated box trucks and vans, and licensed and certified drivers, Dallas Courier can move just about anything, anywhere, anytime.
Get started today by dropping us a line here on our website or calling 214-351-5777.