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9 Reasons to Love (and Eat!) Pumpkin

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9 Reasons to Love (and Eat!) Pumpkin

Native Americans included pumpkin in their traditional diet.  They even dried it for use during the winter months when food was scarce.  There are many reasons why this underrated superfood makes a great and healthy addition to your diet, too:

1.  It is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates (the “good carbs”) that help provide essential energy to the body.

2.  It contains plenty of fiber to keep bowels moving properly. One cup of pumpkin has three grams of fiber.

3.  Its high fiber content also aids weight loss. Research shows high dietary aids weight loss in people who are overweight.

4.  The brilliant orange color indicates its high beta carotene content.  Beta carotene is a precursor to vitamin A, which is needed for healthy immunity and vision.

5.  It helps with skin healing, protecting against sun damage, and even helping scars to fade.

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7:57AM PDT on Jun 14, 2014

Never knew pumpkin whas that healthy! I don't eat it a lot, but i do love it.. I think i'm going to use it a lot more.

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4:09PM PST on Nov 15, 2013

the BEST flavor of fall :)

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12:24AM PDT on Oct 26, 2013

Thanks I also enjoy cooking with pumpkin ...... I like thick pumpkin soup, not watered down as I have tasted recently. Pumpkin fritters was one of my favourites when I was at school.

9:51AM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

I love my pumpkin and pumpkin seeds. YUM!

2:50AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

Thank you :)

7:15PM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

I "like" pumpkin pie, BUT w/ ice cream I LOVE pumpkin pie.

7:15PM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

I "like" pumpkin pie, BUT w/ ice cream I LOVE pumpkin pie.

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