Pumpkin, it does a body good

 

It’s that time of year when leaves are changing and pumpkins are beginning to appear everywhere, from grocery stores to front lawns to kitchens. While we begin to head into the oh so dangerous for your diet holiday season, take solace in the fact that at least one of the seasonal goodies, the pumpkin, is pretty packed with nutrients.

From this article, “Health experts say that winter squash, which includes pumpkins, are a great source of fiber, potassium, niacin, iron and beta carotene.”

In face, 1 cup of cooked, mashed, drained pumpkin with no salt contains

Calories: 49

Total Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 2mg

Total Carbs: 12g

  Dietary Fiber:  3g

  Sugars:  2g

Protein:  2g

Vitamin A:  245%

Vitamin C:  19%

Calcium:  4%

Iron:  8%

Vitamin E:  10%

Thiamin:  5%

Riboflavin:11%

Niacin:  5%

Vitamin B6: 5%

Folate:  6%

Potassium:  16%

Those are some pretty good reasons to take advantage of this seasonal goodie, of course, while trying to keep it as unadulterated as possible.

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