5 Reasons Why Pumpkins are Autumn’s Superfood

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Whether you carve them into jack-o-lanterns at Halloween or enjoy a piece pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, there’s probably not an autumn that goes by where you don’t consume at least some pumpkin goodies.

But did you ever realize that pumpkins are a superfood?

It’s true, and here are some reasons why:

  • Native Americans used pumpkin for medicinal benefits, believing it treated everything from snakebites to freckles.
  • Pumpkins are dense in nutrients that promote good eye, bone, and digestion health.
  • A cup of pumpkin purée has 245 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin A, which can help with cognitive functions.
  • Compared to carrots, pumpkins are rich in fiber and omega-3.
  • Pumpkin seeds can help raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol.

To get the best pumpkin possible, go for one with a green stem, which indicates freshness. Don’t pick the pumpkin up by the stem, however, as this can break off and leave a hole in the gourd.

As with most fruits and vegetables, a good pumpkin will have a consistent color throughout. Be sure your pumpkin is firm and avoid ones with even a small soft spot.

With all they have to offer, don’t just carve pumpkins – eat them too!

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