Zapallo: properties and benefits

He pumpkin It is a vegetable of American origin that is also known as the auyama. It belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family, among which we find more than 850 species (such as cucumber or zucchini), and in our country it is known by the name of pumpkin .


The consumption of zapallo goes back to the time of the Aztecs, and years later it was introduced in Europe by the Spaniards after the conquests, being better known and increasing its consumption.

Today the preparation of pumpkin puree for babies and small children is usual, thanks to the fact that it provides interesting benefits for their delicate digestive systems.

Benefits of pumpkin

It is a sweet-tasting vegetable. It contains an orange-colored pulp, which is extremely rich in beta-carotene (substances that, as you surely know, help to prevent cancer).

Thanks to its high fiber content, the squash helps to regulate intestinal function, noting also because it digests very easily, especially when cooked in the oven or boiled, acting in turn as a softener.

Therefore its consumption is recommended in case of heartburn or gastritis (especially in case of gastritis nervosa ), and in people with a delicate stomach.

It also helps purify the kidneys , being interesting its consumption not only to regulate its functioning, but also the correct functioning of the bladder.

It also stands out for its high water content, so it becomes a vegetable devised in weight loss diets, thanks to its low calories and carbohydrates.

Thanks also to its vitamin content, the pumpkin helps to take care of the sight, and strengthen the skin, hair and bones.

Nutritional information of the pumpkin

100 grams of pumpkin provide:

  • Calories: 28 kilocalories.
  • Proteins: 1 gr.
  • Carbohydrates: 5.6 gr.
  • Fat: 0.1 gr.
  • Fiber: 1.5 gr.

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