There Really Are Health Benefits of Pumpkin Spice – Yes, It’s True!

Pumpkin spice is everywhere and I love it.  It is the quintessential fall flavor and I cannot get enough of it.  I can Pumpkin Spiceshardly resist anything flavored with the spice.  But, I hadn’t really given thought to what makes up the flavoring.  It normally is a mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and cloves.

Most products flavored as “pumpkin spice” don’t have any pumpkin in them, but the the flavoring is about the spices, not the pumpkin.

I know pumpkin is healthy as it is part of the squash family, but I’ve never considered the health benefits of pumpkin spice itself.

Let’s take a look and see how we are making ourselves healthier with this spice which is a blend of several spices.

Nutmeg

This is a slightly sweet spice that comes from the seed of an evergreen tree.  It has components that relieve pain, improves brain health, promotes digestion, treats insomnia, promotes oral health, skin care, and regulating blood pressure.  This spice should only be consumed in small amounts, however.  No worries as long as you stick to premade pumpkin spice blends.

Cinnamon

Although generally considered a beneficial spice and has historically been used for a number of uses outside of flavoring.  It has been studied with varying results, but is thought to be beneficial for regulating blood sugar, having antibiotic and antifungal uses, promoting heart health, and providing antioxidents.  On top of all that, it tastes great.

Cloves

A clove is the flower bud of an evergreen tree that grows primarily in Asia.  It has properities that are thought to aid in digestion, are anti-inflammatory, cures oral diseases, cure headaches, and even have aphrodisiac effects.  Hmmm,,,do we need any other reason to like pumpkin spice?  LOL

Ginger

Most of us are aware of the health benefits of ginger which may include aiding digestion, reducing nausea, reducing muscle pain and soreness from exercise, fight inflammation, lowering cholesterol, and lowering blood sugar.  There’s a lot of goodness in this root.

Allspice

Allspice is a pungent spice from an wild evergreen in Central and South America.  The possible benefits of this spice are helping digestive problems, improving circulation, and reducing pain.

Healthy Pumpkin Spices

Our Health is Better Because of Pumpkin Spice

Although I am not primarily interested in the health benefits of pumpkin spice when I enjoy my pumpkin spice latte with my pumpkin spice doughnut on a cool, crisp fall evening in front of a warm fire, I am blown away by the possibility of my health being positively impacted.

Who knew that this spice contained such health beneficial vitamins and nutrients?  It has been researched greatly, as I was able to quickly find these benefits.

I’m convinced more than ever now that pumpkin spice is a good thing to keep in my life.

14 replies on “There Really Are Health Benefits of Pumpkin Spice – Yes, It’s True!”

  1. Delanee B says:

    I am obsessed with pumpkin spice! I am so excited we are almost at that time of the year again!

    That is so great to hear that it is healthy for you too! I had no clue that ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon had so many benefits either! Cloves for curing headaches, perfect!

    What would be the healthiest way to pumpkin spice?

    • Jeff says:

      Ah, a fellow pumpkin spice fan. It’ll be our time of year really, really soon.

      Many of the pumpkin spice foods aren’t very healthy in themselves. Tasty, but not exactly healthy. Having said that, there are some products that are very healthy and even more so if you find healthy recipes. Thankfully, there are ways to eat even cookies in a healthy manner when sugar and wheat flour are not the primary ingredients. I hope to have a post at some point on this very topic.

  2. Loes says:

    Very interesting, I know that spices can benefit our health in many ways. I do use cinnamon every day. I had never heard of the blend of several spices in pumpkin spice before, but I am going to investigate the health benefits of it now. Thank you for this knowledge:)
    Loes

  3. Simon says:

    Hey Jeff, I’ve never tried Pumpkin spice before, however, the way you describe the flavour, I will give this a try.
    A Pumpkin Spice Latte with a similarly spiced doughnut sounds wonderfully tasty.
    I was intrigued to explore what ingredients Pumpkin Spice contains, a whole range of tasty spices including nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger & Allspice; spices that provide huge health benefits.
    Can’t wait to give this a try, thanks for introducing me,
    Simon.

    • Jeff says:

      I can’t believe you haven’t tried anything pumpkin spice before. You definitely must. I hope I’ve created a fan in you.

  4. Patrick says:

    I wish there was more to read!
    that was really interesting, can you make more on this topic?
    Best,
    Patrick

  5. Kahlua Gordin says:

    This article has definitely made me want to indulge in the pumpkin spice ASAP.

    I didn’t know the makeup of the flavour prior to reading your article and now I am so happy that I took the time to read it! I have learned so much about all of the yummy and active ingredients in pumpkin spice.

    I’m definitely craving a pumpkin spice latte now!

    Thanks,
    Kahlua

  6. Diane says:

    I think you might have created a Pumpkin spice fan club lol I too have never heard of Pumpkin spice but the way you described it with such enthusiasm, detail and love, its a must have!
    And Delanee B described it with such excitement! I wanna know what all this excitement is about 🙂
    We are here to explore the new and wonderful so Pumpkin spice is on my list lol
    Thank you for sharing with such passion. We can feel it 🙂
    All the best to you 🙂

    Di 🙂

  7. Chris says:

    Very interesting! I never would have thought about pumpkin spice being healthy haha! Although I am not really into those types of spices this was very interesting to read about!

    • Jeff says:

      Thanks for visiting, Chris. I know what you mean. The spices themselves are healthy, although a lot of what is made with them is not necessarily healthy. Although, I recently ran upon some Keto recipes for pumpkin spice good looking stuff.

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