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6 Savvy Reasons to Keep Pumpkin in Your Pantry

6 Savvy Reasons to Keep Pumpkin in Your Pantry

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一本道最新高清无码Up to 80% of pumpkin sales occur between September and December, which makes sense. Fresh pumpkins begin to ripen in September, hit their peak in October and flourish through November, so it’s hard to resist their bright color and appealing shape when they appear in grocery stores, farmers markets and farm stands. Canned pumpkin, which is available year round, accounts for about 45% of all prepared pumpkin sales.

一本道最新高清无码Fresh or canned, there are six savvy reasons to keep pumpkin in your pantry all year long:

1. Nutrition. Pumpkin is a superior source of nutrition. A half-cup serving delivers 50 calories, 10 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein, 3 grams of fiber and .5 gram of fat. The same half-cup contains 200% of Vitamin A, 4% of Vitamin C, 4% Vitamin E, 2% of calcium, 4% of iron in terms of recommended daily allowances (RDAs), along with a variety of B vitamins, natural beta-carotene, trace minerals and more. It has 4 grams of natural sugars, about half the amount common in a half-cup of yogurt.

2. Cooking. Pumpkin is so versatile, it’s easy to boost your consumption. Stir a few tablespoons into oatmeal, hot cereal or pancake batter. Make pumpkin bread, muffins, cookies and cake. Whip up some pumpkin butter to spread on toast. Add pumpkin to smoothies or yogurt. Substitute pumpkin for fat or applesauce in cake and cookie recipes. Prepare cold pumpkin soups in summer and hot ones in winter.

3. Health.一本道最新高清无码 Many dieticians recommend consuming pumpkin if you’re trying to lose weight (it’s filling and satisfying), increase fiber intake, control blood sugar, reduce blood pressure, decrease cancer risk or combat heart disease. The nutrients in pumpkin are also good for your skin, eyesight, energy, immune system and muscles.

4. Skin & Hair.一本道最新高清无码 Eating pumpkin can improve skin tone, reduce wrinkles and contribute to hair regrowth. Pumpkin can also be mixed with other ingredients to make face masks and bath scrubs that help rejuvenate dry, rough, wrinkled or spotty skin.

5. Digestive Issues. Pumpkin contains soluble fiber, so it’s soft and easy to digest, while the trace minerals aid digestion, replenish lost minerals and boost digestive enzyme production. In combination, these factors help balance your system and explain why pumpkin is an old-fashioned remedy for diarrhea, constipation and sensitive stomachs.

6. Pets. Many veterinarians suggest stirring a few tablespoons of pumpkin into your pet’s food if your dog or cat suffers from diarrhea, constipation or a sensitive stomach.

一本道最新高清无码It’s easy to take advantage of pumpkin’s many benefits year-round. Simply stock your pantry with canned pumpkin puree, and for maximum versatility, choose brands that have no added sugar, sweeteners, spices, salt or flavorings.

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