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Healthy Food of the Week — The Great Pumpkin!

posted by sbrown

You lose weight by eating moderate portions from the green, low glycemic list and avoiding the high glycemic, red list, right?  The high glycemic foods make a load of sugar hit your bloodstream in a rush.  Then your pancreas pumps out the insulin to take care of it.  Insulin is the hormone that tells your body to “store the fat.”  So — don’t eat stuff on the red list.

Well, there are a few exceptions. Our nutritious food of the week is one of them.  Pumpkin — that veggie that makes its appearance around halloween and makes our homes look fall-ish and decorative — has a high glycemic number.   The good news is that the number is somewhat deceptive in this case.  Though they rank a high 75 on the index, their glycemic load is a low 3.

I usually refer to the index, because that makes it simple — and I like simple. In a few cases, as with pumpkin, the glycemic load (gl) number corrects a misleading picture.  The gl takes into consideration the amount of carbs in a food as well as its gi number.  Pumpkin has a high number, but only 4g of carbohydrates.  That sounds confusing, but the bottom line is that, yes, pumpkin can have a place in your low glycemic meal plan.

And it should.  We talked in our last blog about the importance of leutin and zea-xanthin for eye health.  Pumpkin is rich in both of these, so that makes it a healthy eye-food.   It is also a good source of B-complex vitamins, such as folate.  You’ll remember that folate is a good for preventing age-related hearing loss.  And pumpkins are stuffed with numerous other vitamins, anti-oxidants, and minerals, too.

Good for keeping your eyes working, your ears functioning, and pleasing to the tastebuds.  Sounds like a winner to me!  I’ll be trying out pumpkin recipes and will post one tomorrow.

Eating to live and living for Christ,

Susan Jordan Brown

 



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