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5 Health Perks of Pumpkin (+ Reader-Favorite Recipes)

Tis the season for pumpkins. These mighty orange vegetables come packed with nutrients, making it a great idea to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon. However, it’s important to note that pumpkin-flavored foods are often high in sugar. Try to choose foods that are flavored with pumpkin pie seasoning, rather than syrups. Or just go for the real deal  that is, foods made with real pumpkin.

Reasons Why You Should Love Pumpkin

Heart health: The antioxidants in pumpkins can help prevent damage from the type of cholesterol that causes heart disease.

Cancer fighting: The antioxidant beta-carotene, which gives pumpkins their orange hue, has been linked to reducing cancer risk.

Brain health: Pumpkin seeds are a source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are vital in cognitive function and balancing mood.

Muscle health: Pumpkins contain potassium, which helps nerves and muscles communicate properly.

GI health: 1 cup of pumpkin has about 3 g of fiber and fewer than 50 calories. Fiber is a key part of satiety and keeps our gastrointestinal tract healthy.

It’s clear pumpkin makes for a great addition to any meal. Not only is it versatile  you can make it in both savory and sweet dishes, but it’s also tasty and good for you, too.

A Few Simple Pumpkin Recipes

Not sure how to incorporate pumpkins into your meals? Here are some recipes from Zipongo and around the web.

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