Harnessing the power of pumpkin

Most of your pumpkin-flavored fall favorites are more about sugar and spice, but the real deal is loaded with nutrients.

Posted: Oct 16, 2018 3:15 PM

(NBC News) Pumpkin spice season is upon us.

Sadly, there's no real pumpkin in most pumpkin spice lattes. In fact, pumpkin flavored coffee drinks can contain 12 teaspoons of sugar.

It's the real gourd that will get you health benefits.

Pumpkin is a nutrition powerhouse, packed with Vitamin A and potassium, and the seeds hidden inside are full of fiber, magnesium and zinc.

Dietitians have linked pumpkin with proper digestion and a stronger immune system, and that brilliant orange color is thanks to beta carotene and other antioxidants, essential for healthy eyes.

Of course, wrangling a real pumpkin into the kitchen is pretty labor-intensive. Fortunately, you can get the same benefits from a can. Just make sure the label says "100 percent pumpkin."

The puree can easily be mixed into pancake batter, muffins, smoothies and soups.

Read more: https://nbcnews.to/2P0lrmd

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