It's that time of year, PUMPKIN EVERYTHING! I'm a huge pumpkin lover and the best part is that it's incredibly versatile and healthy. Here are a few of it's highlights:
ORANGE IS GOOD FOR YOU : Pumpkins contain beta-carotene, a nutrient that converts to Vitamin A once ingested. It's well known for it's ability to boost eye health, but it also can be beneficial for the immune system and has been linked to preventing coronary disease.
SUPER FILLING : One cup of canned pumpkin has a whopping seven grams of fiber and three grams of protein but only one gram of fat. While both options have their benefits, canned pumpkin offers the most fiber/protein when compared to fresh pumpkin.
ADDITIONAL NUTRIENTS : Pumpkins contain carotenoids, powerful free radical neutralizers that fight the effects of aging in skin cells. They also contain more potassium per serving (564 mg) than the traditional go-to, bananas (422 mg).
DON'T FORGET THE SEEDS : Pumpkin seeds are packed with protein, magnesium, zinc, and potassium. The health benefits derived include blocking enlargement of the prostate gland, lowering risk of bladder stones, and depression prevention.
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