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Nothing says Autumn better than the site of a pumpkin. Personally speaking, this type of squash puts a big smile on my face as I know that the tumultuous Texas summer has finally come to an end, and cooler weather is coming.
Pumpkins Pack a Punch!
Pumpkins are considered to be a nutritional powerhouse! Your immune system will flourish due to the high amounts of carotenoids found in pumpkins. Beta-carotene is also present in pumpkins, which is a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and preventative for the build up of cholesterol on arterial walls. And the ladies will love this! The alpha carotene found in pumpkins is believed to slow to the process of aging. Pumpkins have a powerful supply of Vitamin A (2650 IU) making it a natural way to get a good supply of vitamins to help with eye sight and related eye problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts. This is also a good source of fiber (3 grams), and carbohydrates (12 grams).
Since pumpkins are so readily available, why not take advantage of their versatility and use them to make some welcome pumpkin snacks, can pumpkin for your deep larder or surprise your family with a pumpkin feast for dinner.