Although Halloween is synonymous with candy, to us it’s all about the pumpkin! From pumpkin soup, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie or simply adding pumpkin onto vegetable plates or salads, this is the season for this autumnal fruit.
Pumpkin is a great source of vitamins A, C, B2 and E, potassium, copper, manganese and iron. Among its many antioxidants is beta-carotene, which gives it it’s orange coloring, helps protect eye sight and is a natural sunblock.
The vitamins and minerals in pumpkin, specifically A, C, E, iron and folate, enhance the immune system. Low in calories yet nutrient dense, pumpkin may promote weight loss via its fiber content along with creating feelings of satiety. The carotenoids (plant compounds) promote healthy and strong skin and reduce the risk of a variety of cancers such as stomach, pancreas, throat and breast cancers.
Consuming pumpkin may bolster heart health because of its potassium, vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants.