With Thanksgiving coming up, there are lots of yummy treats and food to go around. One of the most essential and tasty fall ingredients is pumpkin. Whether it is pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread, there are so many great tasting recipes to make involving pumpkin.
Did you know that pumpkin can be good for your teeth? At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we are always interested in educating our patients on how to make good choices related to their oral hygiene. Part of this involves helping patients make healthy choices related to diet. Pumpkin is a great health food that is good for teeth because it is nutrient-dense. It has many vitamins and minerals that are good for you while also being low in calories.
Why is Pumpkin Good For You?
The USDA National Nutrient Database found that 1/2 cup of cooked pumpkin has 40 calories and 1.8g of protein as well as 3g of fiber. This can lead to feeling fuller longer. Overall, pumpkin is a healthy food–if you don’t add a ton of sugar.
When looking at the vitamins and minerals in pumpkin, it provides 100% of the daily intake needed for Vitamin A and 20% of the intake needed for Vitamin C. Pumpkin is also rich in potassium, manganese, copper, and more. Pumpkin seeds are packed in fiber, and they contain calcium, too.
How do Pumpkins Help Your Teeth?
With all these vitamins and minerals, pumpkin is a healthy choice all around. This food is also low in fat and carbs and high in protein and fiber. The magnesium in pumpkin is great for tooth enamel. It works like calcium to create an enamel that resists tooth decay.
Keep in mind that pumpkin flavoring and spices don’t give the health benefits of actual pumpkin. So, skip the pumpkin spice latte and go for recipes like soups and smoothies that will give you the actual benefits of real pumpkin ingredients.
Here are a couple of your Westchester cosmetic dentist’s favorite pumpkin recipes to get you started:
There are many more healthy pumpkin recipes out there. Enjoy the holiday season and Thanksgiving, and why not help yourself to some healthy recipes that are great for your body and teeth?