What is on the menu today? Pumpkin!

Ewwww. Relatable. Right? The repetition of it in the cooking routine is so common in India because of its availability at an easy price range, so many of us prefer it a bit less.

But after knowing the pumpkin benefits, you will fall in love with this superfood.

Nutritional Value of Pumpkin 100g -

- Water-91.6g

- Energy-26kcal

- Protein-1g

- Fibre-o.5g

- Calcium-21g

- Vitamin C-9mg

- Magnesium-12mg

Pumpkin Benefits in Chronic Diseases -

Pumpkins contain antioxidants, such as alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin. These neutralize free radicals, stopping them from damaging our cells. 

Pumpkin Benefits for Skin -

Pumpkins have carotenoids like beta-carotene that act as a natural sunblock and help protect skin cells against damage from harmful UV rays. Pumpkin is also high in vitamin C, which is essential for healthy skin. Moreover, pumpkins contain lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin E, and many more antioxidants that boost your skin’s defenses against UV rays and keep it healthy and glowing.

Pumpkin is Great For Eyesight - 

The beta-carotene content in pumpkin provides your body with vitamin A which is necessary for good eyesight. People with higher intakes of beta-carotene had a significantly lower risk of cataracts. Also, pumpkin is one of the best sources of compounds lutein and zeaxanthin that are linked to lower risks of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.

Pumpkin is the Source of Magnesium -

Pumpkin seeds are one of the best natural sources of magnesium, which is helpful for:

- Controlling blood pressure 

- Reducing heart disease risk 

- Maintaining healthy bones 

- Regulating blood sugar levels

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My Food Code

Just an emotional connection is not enough for everything we do. Many people in the world are vegetarian because they adhere to tradition, faith, and culture. Therefore, if the recommended food options in every religion are updated with time, then it will be a great change for everyone. You can imagine, a judgemental attitude will be somehow reduced in our society. 

The regressive rituals under the pretext of religious freedom must be stopped. Slitting an animal's throat or supporting it indirectly or giving an excuse for your eating habits or religion for not stopping killing happen makes a person more cruel than the neighbour who buys animal flesh from the butcher shop. The results of this cruelty impact fellow human beings in many other ways.

Most young people are using the Internet  and some of them have personally chosen to become vegan, their internet-based learning made them so and they distanced themselves from traditional food choices. So you may wonder if we can also make equal efforts to change our traditions and religious practices, which should be updated with time. But the question comes to your mind if you speak against your religion to stop animal cruelty (or to discontinue any regressive practices), you will be in trouble. No, you will not be in trouble for voicing yourself to protect the animals, you are not just one person doing so, you are part of the global movement against animal cruelty, usually termed as Veganism. There should be no excuse or fear for this. If you want to progressively change something, go ahead fearlessly. 

P.S. This article is first published in BT Newspaper - August 2023.

Prof. Sudesh Kumar

- Founder, 

The Global Campaign to Stop Animal Sacrifice

Why do I recommend Red Poha?

Red Poha is made of Red Rice, which is par-boiled and then flattened to carry a red shade from a pigment called anthocyanin. As we know red rice is less processed than white rice, thus it is rich in fibre and retains more vitamins and minerals. 

Here are six reasons, that will help you to opt for it in your regular diet.

1️⃣ Red poha is an easily available crunchy snack, traditionally found in the majority of homes in India. We've been using it right from childhood, which fulfils all cravings so it is also recommended as an ideal weight loss diet meal. 

2️⃣ Red poha tastes better and also helps you to get rid of the digestion problems that come with eating wheat. It is light on the stomach and easy to digest.

3️⃣ Red poha is full of antioxidants, vitamin B, magnesium, zinc, calcium, and iron which is why it is very good for building immunity and bone health.

4️⃣ Red poha is low in calories and high in fibre, it provides the necessary carbohydrates for the body while being a low-calorie meal and snack option.

5️⃣ Red poha is a probiotic because the rice goes through a slight fermentation process after par-boiling and flattening. Thus, red poha contains a probiotic quality that is good for gut health. 

6️⃣ In medicinal diets, a higher fibre count contributes to the controlled release of sugar into the bloodstream. So, red poha is a good alternative for managing diabetes.

To learn more, please use the Internet and join the vegan community in your place. 

Prof. Sudesh Kumar 

Founder @veganmumbai