Oct 11, 2022 Praise for Pumpkin

It’s that time of year when pumpkins are everywhere—growing in patches, adorning front porches and flavoring muffins, cupcakes, pies and lattes. And, as scrumptious as these treats are, they’re not the only—and definitely not the healthiest—ways to enjoy pumpkin. Though most think of pumpkin as a vegetable, it’s technically a fruit, a type of winter squash, and its health benefits are off the charts. For starters, it’s high in fiber, low in fat, and rich in vitamins (especially Vitamin A) and minerals (including potassium). It contains antioxidants and may help ward off a number of health problems. So ditch (or at least limit) the fat- and sugar-packed baked goods and opt instead for healthy and delicious meals and snacks that make the most of pumpkin’s nutritive value. Use it in soups and sauces, bake it, or roast its nutrient-rich seeds and sprinkle with sea salt or add them to smoothies, salads, or yogurt.

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