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With summer officially behind us and October well underway, pumpkin is once again in season. Every coffee shop now offers pumpkin spice lattes, and you can expect to see the orange fruit (yes, technically it is a fruit) on porches, stoops and windowsills as part of seasonal decorations. But while you might think of pumpkins as being overrated or an autumn cliche, they provide great health benefits, and you should take advantage of it while you can.
One cup of pumpkin can give you a health boost. Research shows that one cup of canned pumpkin can provide you with more than enough vitamin A and a decent amount of vitamin C and E for your recommended daily intake. Pumpkins can also support heart health, due to the potassium they provide, which can help treat high-blood pressure over time. And the fiber in pumpkins reportedly slows digestion and helps you feel fuller longer, which is why they can also help with weight loss.
Carrots aren’t the only orange food that can help eyesight. Like carrots, pumpkins have a large supply of beta-carotene (they are orange, after all). Beta-carotene, once it’s been converted to vitamin A in the body, is essential for eye health and help prevent cataracts and vision loss. A nice side note here is that natural forms of beta-carotene, like pumpkins and carrots, can also lower the risk of certain cancers.
Fight flu season early. Pumpkins can improve the health of your immune system. Because of that big dose of vitamin A they provide, pumpkins can better your chances of fighting off viruses and infections. Additionally, you might be able get over a common cold faster if you consume pumpkins due to the amount of vitamin C they give you.
So clearly I am a pumpkin advocate, especially during fall. But you don’t need to wait until pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving dinner to start eating it. If you saw my blog for Labor Day, you know I’m a huge fan of epicurious.com. Below is delicious pumpkin soup recipe that is fairly simple and uses two cups of pumpkin for maximum health benefits. Try it and tell me what you think or find a new recipe and send it to me with your reviews. Either way, plan to incorporate some pumpkin into your diet over the next few weeks, and make the most of the new season.