Pumpkin! A great way to squash disease.

Pumpkin! A great way to squash disease.

Did you know pumpkins might scare away disease? They are rich in Beta Carotene, which might reduce cancer risk, and Vitamin C, which boosts the immune system. Plus, pumpkin seeds can boost your mood and decrease LDL cholesterol. Pumpkin meat also has cartenoids that keep skin supple, more potassium than a banana, and great for you fiber.

But beware of the Boogeyman! There are a lot of pumpkin pies and pumpkin flavored sweets and beverages out there. A lot of that flavor comes from sugary syrups (a small skim no-whip pumpkin spice latte has 24g of sugar) or canned “pumpkin” which may have synthetic flavors and additives. Canned pumpkin might even have BPA in the lining. The purer the product, and the closer it is to how nature created it, the better for your health. In the coming weeks, we’ll share some easy and delicious recipes you can make with fresh pumpkin.

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