Pumpkin is one of the most popular flavors of the holiday season.
Found in numerous seasonal dishes and drinks, pumpkin is a good source of vitamins A and its precursor beta-carotene, vitamin C, and fiber. To be sure you’re getting the most out of the gourd, here’s some tips to keep in mind.
Use canned pumpkin or pumpkin puree, not pumpkin-pie filling, when baking and cooking.
• Don’t ditch the seeds – pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein and healthy unsaturated fats.
• Avoid pumpkin products that contain added sugars and corn syrups.
• Enjoy rich treats like pumpkin spice lattes in moderation, rather than as a regular part of your diet.
For more information on making healthy, nutritious food choices, visit https://www.eatright.org/ food#Nutrition.