September 26, 2013Pumpkins are a a symbol of fall, starting in October through Thanksgiving. Their bright orange coloring livens up the browning autumn ; they sit on porches during the end of October and go into pies and breads throughout the winter months. Their orange color also denotes that they are an excellent source the antioxidant beta-carotene, which offers protection against certain cancers and beta-cryptoxanthin, which may decrease the risk of lung cancer in smokers. It's also a good source of B-complex vitamins -- folates, niacin, vitamin B-6, thiamin and pantothenic acid -- and a rich source of the minerals copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. That's just the beginning of the great health benefits reaped from including pumpkin in your diet!
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