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9 Reasons to Love (and Eat!) Pumpkin

6.  Beta carotene found in pumpkins may reduce your cancer risk.  Diets high in beta carotene have been linked with a reduced risk of certain cancers, including:  breast, prostate, lung, cervical, and skin cancer.

7.  Pumpkin can aid electrolyte balance after a workout.  It contains more potassium than a banana (564 mg of potassium vs. 422 mg in a banana).

8.  It can help ward off colds and flu.  One cup of cooked pumpkin contains 11 mg of vitamin C. While controversial reports cast doubt on vitamin C’s anti-infectious capabilities, the well-constructed studies demonstrate vitamin C’s immune-boosting properties.

9.  Beta carotene found in pumpkins helps boost overall immune health. In a study conducted on people suffering from HIV, researchers found that those taking beta carotene had a significant reduction in infection risk.

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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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