Tis the season for pumpkin EVERYTHING, from shakes and snacks to candles and coffee. But did you know that pumpkin is actually good for you? Pumpkin is considered a super food.

It’s rich in fiber, which slows digestion. So pumpkin keeps you feeling fuller longer. In fact, there are 7 grams of fiber in one cup of canned pumpkin. That’s more fiber than you’d get eating two slices of whole-grain bread. Pumpkin is low in calories too, just 50 calories per serving.

Eating pumpkin is also good for your eye sight. Its bright orange color means this super food has an ample supply of beta carotene. Beta carotene is not only good for your skin and eyes, it can help protect your body from cancer too. Studies have shown, a beta carotene-rich diet lowers your risk for some types of cancer including prostate and lung cancer.
Beta-carotene is converted to Vitamin A when we digest pumpkin. A single cup of pumpkin contains over 200 percent of most people’s recommended daily intake of Vitamin A. Plus pumpkin contains 20 percent of the daily recommended dose of Vitamin C. The combination of Vitamins A and C are great for your immune system!

But that’s not all. Pumpkins are also a good source of antioxidants, zinc and potassium. So next time your body needs a boost, try pumpkin. It’s a super food!

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