Fall Produce With Hidden Healing Powers


Pumpkin is the perfect fall pick

Native Americans first shared the nourishing properties of pumpkin, a staple of the autumn table, with our Pilgrim ancestors hundreds of years ago. From its vitamin-packed flesh to its magnesium-rich seeds, this earthy vegetable is truly a “whole food.” Pumpkin also contains a unique medicinal component called cucurmosin, a compound that is currently being studied for its ability to inhibit tumor growth. To get your fill of this seasonal favorite, enjoy roasted pumpkin seeds as an energy-boosting midday snack, and add a scoop of canned (or fresh) pumpkin puree to your morning oatmeal or a container of nonfat vanilla yogurt.

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