Pumpkin is a seasonal favorite for many, and not only as a decoration! Pumpkin drinks, pumpkin desserts, pumpkin soups… the list goes on, but it is certainly a staple in the fall. The nutrients contained are reason enough to consider it a staple, let alone the flavor. Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. In fact, 1 cup of cooked pumpkin contains nearly two and a half times the amount of vitamin A the average person needs in one day! Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that benefits our skin and vision. This fall, serve up pumpkin frequently to get those extra servings of vegetables in. That’s right, enjoy the pumpkin spice phenomenon! Just be careful with portion sizes on the sweets. Most anything in moderation.
Colleen Forrest, RDN, LDN
Spectrum Health Services, Inc.