A pumpkin is a cultivar of a squash plant, most commonly of Cucurbita pepo, that is round, with smooth, slightly ribbed skin, and deep yellow to orange coloration. The thick shell contains the seeds and pulp.
Health benefits of pumpkin in baby food
Supplies essential nutrients: The vitamins and minerals which are found in pumpkin are ideally suited for the development of babies. Some of them include calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, riboflavin, vitamin E and vitamin K. These vitamins and minerals play important role in infant development. Calcium and magnesium help in building stronger bones, iron helps to produce hemoglobin and red blood cells, phosphorous aides in digestion, brain functioning, protein formation, hormone balance, etc. Vitamin C is an essential ingredient for strong immune system and vitamin A is for better eye sight.
Helps in building stronger immune system: Apart from being a good source of vitamin C, pumpkin has several important biochemicals that strengthen the immune system, have been noted in some studies. These studies have shown that pumpkin promotes splenic lymphocytic proliferation and natural killer cell activity.
Anthelmintic properties: Babies are more prone to infections not only from microbes but also from macroscopic organisms and worms are no exception. In such cases, pumpkin can be given to your baby. Pumpkin possesses good anthelmintic properties. This includes not only curing but also prevention when consumed regularly.
Good source of anti-oxidants: Pumpkins not only contain vitamins, minerals and few biochemicals, but they also contain Antioxidants. Antioxidants are those biochemicals which reduce oxidative stresses on various organs and help in protecting them. These antioxidants are not only useful for adults and elders, but they are also important for children as well.
Antimicrobial properties: Finally, pumpkins also possess antimicrobial properties. The incidence of microbial attack is more in babies and children than in adults due to the presence of stronger immune system in adults. In babies and children, the immune system is relatively weaker. In such cases, a food that can provide anti-microbial properties would be very good because it not only strengthens the immunity, it also prevents the attack of microbes.
|Nutritional Component||Value per 100 g||Nutritional Component||Value per 100 g|
|Water||91.6 g||Energy||26 kcal|
|Protein||1 g||Total Lipid (fat)||0.10 g|
|Carbohydrates||6.5 g||Fiber||0.5 g|
|Sugars||2.76 g||Calcium||21 mg|
|Iron||0.80 mg||Magnesium||12 mg|
|Phosphorous||44 mg||Potassium||340 mg|
|Sodium||1 mg||Zinc||0.32 mg|
|Vitamin C||9 mg||Thiamin||0.050 mg|
|Riboflavin||0.11 mg||Niacin||0.6 mg|
|Vitamin B-6||0.061 mg||Folate||16 ug|
|Vitamin A||8513 IU||Vitamin E||1.06 mg|
|Vitamin K||1.1 ug|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0.1 g||0%|
|Saturated fat 0.1 g||0%|
|Polyunsaturated fat 0 g|
|Monounsaturated fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 1 mg||0%|
|Potassium 340 mg||9%|
|Total Carbohydrate 7 g||2%|
|Dietary fiber 0.5 g||2%|
|Sugar 2.8 g|
|Protein 1 g||2%|
|Vitamin A||170%||Vitamin C||15%|
|Vitamin D||0%||Vitamin B-6||5%|