Health Benefits of Pumpkin

As we come into the fall, there’s always a lot of attention on the pumpkin products.  The pumpkin spice latte is back as well as the pumpkin beers, doughnuts, and pies.  While these may be fun products to consume, pumpkin itself is actually rich in healthy nutrients.  Pumpkin packs a healthy dose of antioxidants, vitamins A and C, and is even a good source of plant based protein.  Does this mean you should being drinking a lot more pumpkin flavored lattes? Nope!  Unfortunately, pumpkin flavor (in most cases it’s artificial anyway) is typically mixed with large amounts of sugar, which will negate all the benefits you may get from it.  Look for interesting pumpkin recipes, such as roasting the meat of the pumpkin or the seeds.  Roasting will help keep the nutrients in the food, rather than running out. 

Check out the article below, which talk more about the health benefits of pumpkin! https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/popular-ingredients/pumpkin-nutrition

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