Pumpkin pie does have great health benefits... and if you lower the fat and sugar content of your pie it’s really good for you.
Pumpkin contains lots of betacarotene which gives it that great orange color, thus pumpkin pie is filled with lots of wonderful antioxidants that boost your immune system... thus helping to cut your risk of colon, esophagus, stomach and colon cancer, even heart disease, strokes... and other debilitating diseases.
Pumpkin contains a large amounts of iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, Vitamin C, E, and K and B Vitamins too!
Pumpkin contains lots of Vitamin A, in fact you get enough Vitamin A from just one slice of pie to protect your eyes from diseases... and boost your immune system too. Pumpkin pie contains lots of zeathanthin and lutein that are important for preventing macular degeneration and cataracts.
Pumpkin contains lots of great fiber that lowers cholesterol and improve movement of digested food through your colon thus helping to prevent colon cancer.
Pumpkin pie contains a large amount of zinc that’s important for improving on your immune system thus keeping colds and flues away.
And pumpkin is low in fat... thus pumpkin is considered a great super food.
Pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols that lower cholesterol, prevent enlargement of the prostate and even help in the prevention of bladder stones.
Pumpkin pie spices are full of lots of great antioxidants.
Here are a few great tasting ways to lower the fat content of your pumpkin pie.
Instead of eggs use egg substitutes or egg whites.
Instead of cream use almond milk, soy milk, rice milk, skim milk, low fat milk or even fat-free sweetened condensed milk... or try none fat Greek yogurt and cottage cheese.
Instead of all that sugar substitute some honey or stevia.
Instead of your regular pie crust use a low fat graham cracker crust or use quick cooking oats and ground almonds.
Instead of all that fat substitute some unsweetened applesauce.
Enjoy your Pumpkin Pie!
Dr. Paul Haider - Master Herbalist, Counselor, and Spiritual Advisor for over 20 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, Center for Creative Living Church, Meditation for the Soul, and Relax Into Success, plus Punjab Teas. www.paulhaider.com