The Power of Pumpkin

Featured Article,Healthy Recipes and Nutrition
October 1, 2012

5 reasons to eat more of this fall favorite.

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Better-for-you baking.
Add pumpkin to quick breads, muffins and cakes, and cut back on oil or butter to boost the fiber content and slash fat.

Mood lift.
Pumpkin seeds contain L-tryptophan, a natural mood booster.

Immunity boost.
Pumpkin flesh is packed with vitamin C, and the seeds are rich in zinc, both of which boost your immune system.

Peeper protection.
Pumpkin owes its orange color to beta-carotene, which is converted to vision-protecting vitamin A.

Lower cholesterol.
The sterols in pumpkin seeds lower LDL, or “bad” cholesterol. Roasted in olive oil, they deliver even bigger heart health benefits.

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