What's Lighting Your Pumpkin?

Pumpkin is the staple for the holidays. Don't you agree?

Who doesn't love the presentation of the pumpkin pie on the holiday table? Your mouth salivates for the creamy texture and butter flaky crust. The reactive 'eye roll' insinuates the party of festive flavors dance with your taste buds.

As you enjoy the exciting flavors that reunite, "table dance" with pumpkin adding more value to the table. Your friends and family will appreciate it!

This holiday season, give pumpkin an elevated respect with these health benefits.

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Pumpkin is a winter squash belonging to the Cucubitaceae family. In the United States, pumpkin is referred to as Cucurbita pepo. In Australia, pumpkin is referred to as a winter squash.

Pumpkin was essential in diets to the Aztec and Mayan diets. Early Native Americans ate pumpkin flesh to survive the winter. The pumpkin seeds and yellow blossoms were used and eaten as medicine.

Scientifically, pumpkin is a fruit because it contains seeds.

The winter squash is about 90% water and contains antioxidants that improve our lives for healthier long term living.

Pumpkin can boost the immune system and eye health .

The brighter the pumpkin, the more antioxidants for you to enjoy!

Pumpkin contains antioxidants, like alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin. The important antioxidants found within pumpkin helps neutralize free radicals and prevent damaging of cells.

The holiday staple is high in beta-carotene, a carotenoid that your body turns to vitamin A.

According to Healthline, studies show that vitamin A can strengthen the immune system and help fight infections. Vitamin A is important for your eye health. It helps strengthen retinas absorb and process light. Studies show vitamin A deficiency is a common cause of blindness.Pumpkin is a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, two compounds linked to age-related macular degeneration, also known as AMD, and cataracts. Another study shows people with higher intakes of beta-carotene have lower risks of cataracts.

Pumpkin pulp and seeds are high in vitamin C and beta-carotene which increases white blood cell production. Vitamin C helps immune cells work to heal wounds faster. The vitamin E, iron and folate found in pumpkin aids in wellness with your immune system.

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Pumpkin protects against cancers and diseases.

In a world of new cancers developing daily, we need to strive for healthy eating. Why not choose pumpkin?

Pumpkin is high in potassium, vitamin C and fiber. Studies show participants with higher potassium intakes has lower blood pressure and reduce strokes. Eating pumpkin may lower "LDL", also known as bad cholesterol from oxidizing. When oxidized, cholesterol clump along the wall of blood vessels, which can restricts vessels and heighten the risk of heart disease.

According to the National Cancer Institute, beta-carotene in pumpkin defends against cancer prevention.

A study showed participants with higher intakes of alpha-carotene and beta-carotene can lower risks of stomach cancer. Other studies show higher intakes of carotenoids have lowered risks of throat, pancreas and lung cancer.

Consuming pumpkin can also prevent against asthma, heart disease and can delay early aging.

Pumpkin promotes good general health and bowel movements.

In-laws coming in town for the holidays? Lower your blood pressure knowing potassium in your pumpkin pie has a positive effect on your heart and the holidays.

A reasonable intake of carotenoid beta-cryptoxanthin can reduce inflammation. According to Food Revolution, studies show consuming pumpkin can reduce the risk of inflammatory, like rheumatoid arthritis.

A study in Journal of Medicinal Food proved how vitamins and minerals in pumpkin can lower blood sugar. Studies show pumpkin reduces blood glucose levels. Pumpkin can improve glucose tolerance and increase insulin the body produces.

Need an excuse to leave the table? Eating pumpkin helps with normal bowel movements.

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Approach the holidays with ease.

Invite pumpkin to your breakfast table as flapjacks, pancakes or waffles. Sprinkle a few dashes of Stella Bistro Foods Autumn Flair Sultry Spice to embrace the fall season.

Look forward to the colder months and festive holidays as pumpkin graces taste buds in hearty soups, stews and chowders. Spice blends like Stella Bistro Foods Tasty Turmeric, Universalt, Game Day, Mermaid and Rustic Italian Sultry Spices bring personality to the festive super food.

Enjoy pumpkin as an alternative in food dishes and enjoy the compliments!

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