sugar and spice and everything nice

It’s that time of year.  Let’s talk about what’s in all of our pumpkin spiced favorites.

Pumpkin has Vitamin A, which can be beneficial for eye and bone health.  It’s also loaded with antioxidants.  They’re our friends that keep our cells healthy and reduce our chances of free radicals that can result in cancers.  Pumpkin also boasts lutein, which is also helpful for eye health.  You’re also downing potassium, Vitamin C, and fiber.  These substances can support heart, cholesterol, and immune benefits.  Pumpkin has carotenoids that are good for your skin and can act as a natural sunblock too.

Keep in mind, dyes and synthetic chemicals are used in your favorite pumpkin-laced restaurant offerings and snacks.  Starbucks, however, does use a pumpkin puree in its latte that is likely not artificial.  The artificially engineered substances will not offer the same wellness benefits.  Try to get natural sources of pumpkin, even canned pumpkin, to add this fall favorite to your life.  Enjoy!