We love fall! The seasons are changing (goodbye heat!), comfort food is back on the menu, and pumpkins become the center of our world. For good reason too, did you know that this special squash and all it’s squash family have crazy nutrients that help your overall health? Specifically some serious anti-cancer superpowers that can help your body fight for it’s right to be in tiptop shape.
Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year, but don’t be fooled by the artificial pumpkin flavoring. If you’re going to go all out pumpkin, be sure to add real pumpkin to that pie, and here’s why.
Lots of Antioxidants
Pumpkin is high in beta-carotene, which converts itself into a very helpful antioxidant. Antioxidants fight free radicals that can cause cancer and other health problems.
Pumpkin and squash have a low calories count making them the perfect side dish to fight obesity, a common factor in the development of breast cancer as well as heart disease.
Pumpkin seeds and winter squash are a good, low-fat, source of omega-3s, making them a good anti-inflammatory food. The combination of this and the antioxidants give winter squash the potential to be a very helpful anticancer food.
High Fiber Awesomeness
Pumpkin is a great source of fiber! High amounts of fiber can bind to estrogen helping eliminate the potentially harmful excess of estrogen that could cause breast cancer and other hormonal issues.
Immune System Booster
Pumpkin is high in vitamin c and beta-carotene (as mentioned above), which creates an immune system power combo for the cold and flu ridden fall and winter season.