Sunday, December 16, 2012


Squash - Cucurbita pepo (Cucurbitaceae family), a plant originating from Mexico, is well known to us as the vegetables that are grown in our area called pumpkins. Pumpkin roots go from Africa and North America, which is where he came to Europe, where they were initially bred as a garnish. In ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome were pumpkins, after the solid crust dried in the sun, used as containers.

Usually it is just a symbol of the pumpkin color and the abundance of autumn, the signature is by globose fruit yellow to orange. It is known that more than 800 different pumpkins, which are in the fields scoops from September onwards. It is interesting to note that many types of squash and pumpkins grown in Croatia near Pozega, where there are as many as 350 edible species. To 100 gr. contains only 45 calories, and thus is highly desirable in dietary supplements, and also for its high content of ballast substances that provide long-lasting feeling of satiety with small amounts, but also a beneficial effect on bowel movements!

Nutritional properties:
First provides the body with beta-carotene (an orange pigment in our body converts into vitamin A and is used as an antioxidant, necessary for the preservation of our immune system (eg, 100 g contains 1400 units of vit. A - to the extent such amounts may. compared with corn that at 100 g contains 180 units!)
Second per 100 grams contains only 45 kcal;
3rd it is easy to digest because it contains 90% water, 1.1% protein, 0.1% fat and 5.5% carbohydrate per 100 g;
4th contains selenium "male mineral," is important for normal functioning of the prostate;
5th contains a lot of potassium (383 mg%), phosphorus, calcium and iron, as well as significant amounts of manganese;
6th Pumpkin juice is the best drink made from vegetables because it represented all the vitamins and minerals in the optimal ratio that hones our metabolism, and is also good for detoxifying juice throughout the body;
7th improves digestion and detoxifies the intestines;
8th reduces the level of fat in the blood activity of enzymes that dissolve fat;
9th (Relieves the pancreas);
10th the juicy meat still contained calcium, iron, folate and vitamin C;
11th gateways with you cholesterol and helps in breaking down fat so that is good, and the implementation of a program of diet;
First strengthens the protective lining of the nerves, and does not cause discomfort;
Second empowers krvnožilni system (for high content of beta carotene-karetoidna foods);
3rd stimulates the thyroid;
4th strengthens the immune system;
5th Rinse the pumpkin body regulates the amount of water helps in weight loss;
6th For example. one tablespoon pumpkin grown in environmentally daily menu, for a long time (especially through the winter months) will have a preventive effect on the urinary tract and prostate;
7th Pumpkin ingredients have effects on the regulation of the sebaceous glands, and effectively soothe inflamed skin and face, and resolves acne and blackheads, and pumpkin extracts are increasingly used in the cosmetic industry, (eg in the preparation of masks for cleaning and narrow pore facial) , More recently examined the biochemical basis of this action, as they are from pumpkin seeds isolated substances which have antiseboroičko action.
8th seeds and oil are also used to treat bladder problems and kidney, and prostate, as well as their consumption is recommended in the initial stages of cancerous changes!

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