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What are the Health Benefits of Pumpkin?


There is little doubt that pumpkin is one of the stars of fall.
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Q: What are the health benefits of pumpkin?

A: There is little doubt that pumpkin is one of the stars of fall.  It’s almost as if the first day of fall is actually the first day we start seeing pumpkin pop up on menus and store shelves!  All of this pumpkin may bring to mind cakes, cookies, pies and lattes loaded with calories and fat, but there’s more to this star than just that.
Pumpkin is actually loaded with good-for-you vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, important for healthy eyes, and vitamin C, to help boost your immune system.  In addition, this cousin of the gourd and squash families can add fiber and antioxidants to your diet to help keep your heart healthy and reduce your risk of certain cancers.  Why wouldn’t you want to enjoy this sweet ingredient?

To go beyond the standard pie, start with ideas from your favorite restaurants.  Pumpkin often shows up on fall menus in pastas, “creamy” soups, smoothies and whole grain breads and breakfast dishes.  At home, channel your inner chef and try tips and recipes like these to make the most of pumpkin:
  • Add cubed pumpkin to soups and stews for sweet variety.
  • Whip up this Quick n’ Easy Pumpkin Soup.
  • Mix pureed pumpkin into hot cereals for a touch of the sweetness and added nutrition.
  • Include pumpkin in muffins and breads for moist and flavorful baked goods.
  • Indulge in these pumpkin pancakes.
  • Add pumpkin to whole grains either pureed or cubed for texture and an unexpected taste.
  • Give this unexpected pumpkin pizza recipe a try.

Pumpkin is so much more than just part of pie.  Give your diet a boost this fall with the sweet nutrition of pumpkin.
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