Pumpkin Spice is Nice, but Pumpkin is Better!
We've reached the time of the year when the weather starts to cool down, leaves are starting to change, and pumpkin spice is, well, everywhere! The aroma of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger fill the air signaling the start a new season. Prior to these spices being found in just about every food item on the shelves during fall, they were traditionally found in things that were made of...pumpkin- a member of the squash family that contains nutrients that support your health. Learn about some of the benefits of eating real pumpkin during this pumpkin spice season we're heading into.
Pumpkin is loaded with Vitamin A, which helps your body fight infections, viruses, and infectious diseases. If you're always coming down with colds, pumpkin has a significant source of vitamin C, which is known to help support quicker recovery.
Support Eye Health
Did you know that the same pigment that makes carrots orange can also be found in pumpkin? It's called beta-carotene and this powerful antioxidant is converted by your body into vitamin A. This combined with vitamins C and E found in this plump vegetable have been found to support eye health and vision. You don't have to eat much pumpkin to reap the benefits; one cup provides over 200 percent of your daily vitamin A needs.
Lower Your Cancer Risk
While what we know about cancer prevention is ever evolving and any recommendations for prevention should be considered a guide, we do know that a well-balanced diet is important to your overall health. Some foods, like pumpkin combined with healthy eating habits, may help prevent certain types of cancers. The same beta-carotene that helps improve your vision and other carotenoids found in this squash may also have a hand in lowering your risk of lung and prostate cancer. Not to mention, it's also a low-calorie, nutrient dense food which can help prevent obesity, which is a risk factor for many cancers.
Pumpkin is high in fiber and can help keep you fuller longer while maintaining blood sugar levels. Ultimately, this will make you feel like you have more energy to get through your busy day. As a high fiber food with over 20 percent of your daily fiber needs, you'll also get the added benefit of normal bowel movements.
There are hundreds of ways for you to incorporate pumpkin into your diet. Whether you like sweet or savory, breakfast or dinner options, there are recipes for your every need. Remember that pumpkin is one of many foods that can make up a healthy diet and you should incorporate many fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to improve your overall wellness and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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