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Cart Smarts: The power of pumpkin

November 8, 2018

We are halfway through fall, which means plenty of time to savor the taste of pumpkin as well as enjoy the health benefits.

Pumpkin as a health food may come as a surprise to some, as it is typically artificially flavored in donuts, cakes, and, of course, lattes. However, eating pumpkin can be nutritious and provide many health benefits.

Pumpkin is one of the highest sources of beta-carotene, which gives pumpkin its bright orange color. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in your body, which then creates more white blood cells to fight off infection.

Did you know that 1 cup of cooked pumpkin contains over 200 percent of your daily recommended intake of vitamin A? Vitamin A also helps to keep your eyes and skin healthy.

Pumpkin is also packed with fiber, which helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer and is high in antioxidants, which can reduce the risk of cancer.

Different ways to eat pumpkin include toasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin smoothie, pumpkin pancakes, or even a savory pumpkin chili. I have included a recipe for pumpkin flax bread that is high in vitamin A and fiber. Enjoy!

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